Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Man charged with murder in Tenerife

A man was due to appear in court in the Canary Islands today accused of murdering an Ulster woman in Tenerife.

The body of Margaret Mary Manley (40) was discovered in an apartment at the popular resort of Los Cristianos on the south coast of the island on Saturday.

According to unofficial post mortem results the cause of death may have been strangulation not stab wounds as originally reported. Ms Manley's body was discovered after the suspect, her partner Andrew Glynn Crowther a 47 year-old originally from Sunderland, allegedly walked into a bar below his apartment, covered in blood, and asked: "Where do I live?"

The barman called the police and officers found the woman's body in the apartment.

It is understood that Crowther, who had moved to the resort around eight months ago, has suffered from mental health problems and has been telling police that he cannot remember anything about the incident.

Police in Tenerife have said that he was due to be examined by psychiatrists before appearing before an investigating judge in Tenerife today.

According to residents in the area Ms Manley, who is believed to be from the Belfast area, had not been in Tenerife for long when she was killed.

Reports from the area allege that Crowther had been in hospital receiving treatment for mental health problems and Ms Manley had flown out to Tenerife to see if he was well enough to fly back to the UK.

The Foreign Office contacted the PSNI at the weekend in a desperate bid to track down Ms Manley's next of kin.

Los Cristianos is a popular spot for tourists and ex-pats as well as an important ferry port on the Canary Island.

It promises a "vibrant holiday experience" with two well-known golden sand beaches, multitude of bars and restaurants and its year round sunny climate.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a Belfast woman escaped injury after a fatal shooting on Sunday at the bar she was working at in Spain. The owner of the bar, which is in an upmarket area of the Mediterranean resort of Marbella, is also from Belfast.

The victim, an Estonian man in his 30s, was shot while sitting on the terrace of the Point Pub in Nueva Andalucia.

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