Wednesday 18 October 2017

Two Irishmen held over attack on British ex-pat

Gerard Couzens

TWO Irishmen were in custody last night after they were arrested in connection with the shooting of a British ex-pat at his home on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

Detectives detained a 52-year-old Cork-born suspect last week in the holiday resort of Fuengirola in connection with the attempted murder of Peter Christley (58) three months ago.

He has been remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old Irishman was also arrested last week at a four-star hotel in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.

Police detained him on an international arrest warrant.

Spanish police are expected to fly to south America and escort him back to Europe in the next few days, after he agreed to be extradited.

Mr Christley was shot four times at point-blank range by a gunman when he answered the door of his home near the resort of Benalmadena, at 9pm on January 27.

Mr Christley spent several weeks in intensive care, but has since recovered.

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