Saturday 20 January 2018

Parents criticise Irish and Spanish authorities

For the first time since Amy went missing, her parents openly criticised the Guardia Civil, the Spanish police in charge of the inquiry, and Irish diplomats and politicians.

They claimed Spanish authorities had done nothing to track down a "suspicious" Englishman who disappeared from his Costa del Sol home after Amy went missing. Audrey said: "Almost a year-and-a-half ago we gave the Guardia Civil the name of a well-known criminal. We also gave this to the Irish Government and the Irish Embassy here in Spain and as far as we know, nothing has been done about it.

"This person left Spain after meeting Dave and denying ever knowing Amy despite the fact he had told other people Amy had been in his house.

"At the time he met Dave, he joked about sleeping with Amy's 14-year-old friend. He's nearly 50 and was carrying a gun. She said they had "the guy's full name, his Spanish address, his English address, his credit card number and the name of the prison in the UK he was in as of last year.

Mr Mahon said: "We've also asked the Irish Government for help and at the beginning we thought they were helping us. Two years, three months later they've done nothing.

Amy's aunt Christine Kenny, sister to her dad Christopher, said she was "flabbergasted" by the latest development.

"Only last week, Audrey said she was happy with everything the Guardia Civil had done and this week it is a different story altogether," she said. She said she and Christopher would welcome anything which might help them get some answers about what happened to Amy.

Irish Independent

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