Salesman facing 20 years if he’s murdered his wife

A BRITISH car salesman living in Mallorca, who claimed his wife died during a sex game that went horribly wrong, has been accused of murder.

And Spanish prosecutors have let 51-year-old Warren Lyttle know that he faces up to 20 years behind bars if they are successful.

He was arrested in January 2016 after confessing to killing his 49-year-old wife, Lisa Jane Lyttle, at his home in Costa de la Calma, a short drive from Magaluf, and has been imprisoned ever since.

He maintained that the mother-of-one, from Kilburn, north London, choked to death during a sado-masochistic role-play, which she had proposed.

But police soon started a murder investigation, and state prosecutors have confirmed that they are treating Lisa Jane’s death as murder.

A date for the trial, which will take place in the Mallorcan capital of Palma, has not yet been set.

Prosecutors make it clear that they do not believe Lyttle’s version of events. They feel he killed his wife during a row by strangling her with a phone-charger cord during a “surprise attack”, leaving her no chance to defend herself.

As well as the lengthy prison sentence, prosecutors want Lyttle to pay 180,000 euros (£157,000) compensation to Lisa Jane’s grown-up daughter.

The wife, who lived in London but travelled regularly to Majorca to spend time with her expat husband, died in the early hours of 23rd January 2016.

Her husband alerted police and paramedics in a 999 call, but they were unable to save her. And a post-mortem revealed that Lisa Jane died from asphyxia, through strangulation.

Around 300 people held a five-minute silence in memory of Mrs Lyttle during a condemnation of her killing the same day.

Mr Lyttle’s mum, Joan, said from her Neasden home in north-west London: “We don’t know how this could have possibly happened. It has left us in total shock. We’re still waiting to talk to Warren to find out what went on.”

She added: “There were no problems in the marriage as far as we knew. They were happy.”

But Lisa Jane’s family were said to have told Spanish police that Lyttle, who has lived in Majorca for around a decade, had a turbulent relationship with his wife, who spent most of her time in Britain.

She had flown to Majorca just two days before her death for a week’s holiday.


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