Double murder arrest in Jalon

GUARDIA Civil have arrested the alleged perpetrator of a double murder of a British couple in Jalon. The victims, Peter David and Jean Ellen Tarsey, both 77, were found dead with gunshot wounds inside their chalet and embracing each other, by friends last March 29 at their home in Calle Bèrnia in Jalon, Alicante.

The detainee is apparently a Moroccan, who is currently being held by Guardia Civil in Calpe and waiting to appear in court in Denia in the forthcoming days. He has apparently lived in the Marina Alta region including the Vall de Pop and Jalon for over 20 years.

He is said to have known the victims and had carried out a number of works for them previously at their home. The accused worked as a painter and sculptor and is said to have lived a bohemian life. He was arrested at his caravan residence in Jalon outside the town centre, where police also discovered a gun said to have been used in the murder.

The motive for the murder is unclear but initial investigations pointed to robbery as a possible motive and investigators believe that the suspect may have had an accomplice.

Bullet casings of a 7.65 caliber gun were found at the scene and the couple’s computer had been thrown into the swimming pool and their television had disappeared which was later found in a nearby ravine.

Although there were no signs of forced entry into the victim’s home, their safe did show visible signs that someone had tried to open it.

The murdered man had represented Britain for Diving in the 1956 Olympics.

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