Hotel death children's father accused in sex case
Published 19/05/2010 | 14:02
The investigation into the deaths of two children in a Spanish hotel room has taken a dramatic twist after it emerged that they were the son and daughter of an alleged paedophile who has been extradited.
Rebecca Smith, five, and her brother Daniel, aged 11 months, were found on Tuesday in the resort of Lloret de Mar.
Their mother Lianne has been arrested on suspicion of murder by Spanish police while their father Martin Smith has been remanded in custody by magistrates in Carlisle accused of child sex offences, Cumbria Police said.
Smith and her daughter had been missing from the Staffordshire area since December 2007.
Martin Smith, 45, was extradited from Barcelona to face 13 charges of child sex offences said to have been committed in the Cumbria area between 1995 and 2005.
At Carlisle Magistrates' Court, he faced six counts of gross indecency with or towards a girl aged under 16 between April 30, 1995 and February 1, 2001; six counts of rape of a girl aged under 16 between February 1, 2001 and April 29, 2005, and one count of attempted rape of a girl aged under 16 between April 30, 1997 and February 1, 2001.
No pleas were taken and Smith was remanded in custody until June 7 when he is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court.
Smith, from North Shields, who was one of Britain's most wanted men, was arrested in Barcelona on May 7. He was put on a list of most wanted suspects thought to be hiding out in Spain by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.
His partner was detained after the children's bodies were found in Room 101 in the Hotel Miramar. Lianne Smith reportedly phoned reception shortly before 2pm and emergency services were called but efforts to save the youngsters failed. Spanish police said there had been no blood at the scene of the children's deaths or any signs of violence.
A bouquet of flowers had been laid outside the Hotel Miramar with a note attached saying: "RIP little ones. God has gained two angels xxx." Two pink teddy bears had been placed alongside the flowers.