A British man has been remanded in custody on the Costa del Sol while police investigate his wife’s murder.
Geoffrey Elton, 55, is being investigated over the stabbing of Gloria Tornay, pictured with him, at the estranged couple’s £450,000 villa in Estepona,
Police believe the retired businessman tried to kill himself after murdering his 58-year-old wife of 30 years on Saturday.
Geoffrey Elton is being held in custody over the murder of his wife Gloria (pictured having lunch together shortly before her murder in Spain)
Police officers saved his life after forcing their way into the couple’s home and rushing him to hospital where he spent the night before being transferred to a police station.
The couple’s youngest son Alonso, 15, witnessed the start of the row that ended in Spaniard Gloria’s death, but was locked out of the house by his father as the argument turned violent.
It was reported locally on Wednesday that Gloria was planning on leaving her husband, who quit work before the age of 50 after running a successful satellite TV installation firm.
Neighbours said he had quit the marital home briefly around two years ago after meeting another woman he had an affair with.
Geoffrey Elton, 55 appeared in handcuffs at court this morning after being arrested on March 10 after his Spanish wife was found dead at their luxury coastal villa
One acquaintance claimed his behaviour had become increasingly paranoid in recent months.
She said: ‘Geoffrey would worry about people having their phones with them if they were in the same room.
‘He would say he thought his family might be listening in to his conversations. He called them the mafia.
‘He was never the going-out type but he would spend all day inside his house of late. He had cameras everywhere.
Police believe Geoffrey tried to kill himself after killing his wife on Saturday but forced their way into the couple’s apartment and rushed him to hospital
‘I thought he should have sought medical attention but I think he refused. But although I knew he had difficulties, I never saw this coming.’
Officials said the expat, believed to have been married to his wife for around 30 years, would continue to be probed as part of an ongoing homicide investigation after his court appearance on Tuesday.
One said: ‘Court of Investigation Number Three, which deals with cases of violence against women, has ordered the provisional remand in prison of the man arrested for killing his wife in Estepona.
‘The court is initially investigating him for a crime of homicide pending the receipt of other information such as the definitive autopsy report.’