Briton jailed for murder in Spain

A British man has been jailed for 24 years in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Christopher Chittock, 38, from Ipswich strangled his girlfriend to death while on holiday in the Canary Islands on July 6,  2010. A European arrest warrant was issued and he was detained in September 2010 before being extradited to Spain.

Chittock was convicted of killing Sarah Shields by a jury  at the Provincial Court in Las Palmas. The jury of nine people heard that the attack began after he discovered messages exchanged between Ms Shields and ex-boyfriend William Newham.

He beat and strangled the 23-year-old on a beach on Gran Canaria  and then sent her family texts from her phone, pretending to be her.

Magistrate, Secundino Aleman said Chittock must pay Ms Shields’ parents €200,000 euro compensation.


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