The death of West Lothian bride Kirsty Maxwell revisited by top investigator
A Scottish crime expert revisiting the death of West Lothian wife Kirsty Maxwell in Benidorm has recounted the “heartbreaking” moment he met her parents.
Kirsty, from Livingston, died in April 2017 at a bachelorette party in the Spanish resort town.
The 27-year-old fell from the balcony of a 10th floor apartment in the city’s Apartamentos Payma, the incident being investigated by Spanish authorities but ultimately ruled an accident.
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The Daily Record reports her family have since called for the case to be reopened and five years later, former detective and investigator David Swindle, delves into the tragic story of the newlywed as part of a new podcast, Swindle’s Search For The Truth.
On Monday, an episode of the podcast aired in which Swindle recalled the heartbreaking call she received from Kirsty’s parents, Brian and Denise Curry, weeks after their daughter’s death, pleading for help.
The call which “always sticks in his mind” led to a “sad and heartbreaking” first meeting in Falkirk where the ex-cop “couldn’t believe what he was hearing”.
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Swindle said: “There are things that always stick in your mind and that day in late May 2017 when I got a call from Kirsty’s family asking if I could help was one of those things. memorable days.
“When I met Kirsty’s family, in a place called Falkirk in Scotland, they started talking to me about all the unanswered questions they had about the inquests into Kirsty’s death.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
“What a sad and heartbreaking reunion listening to a family who had lost the lovely Kirsty in another country and were struggling not only to lose her, but also to try to understand Spanish processes and translation difficulties.”
Part of the investigation into Kirsty’s death focuses on the room she fell from, which was believed to have been occupied by five British men called the “Benidorm Five”.
At the time, a Spanish judge ruled the men, from Nottingham, had no involvement in the tragedy.
But her family, including her grieving husband, Adam, have since been pushing for British and Spanish authorities to look into the case more closely.
Speaking after a Spanish judge ruled Kirsty’s fall an accident, Brian and Denise previously called her death “suspicious”.
Lamenting their ordeal, Swindle explained how the family had “struggled to cope” with their grief as well as the investigation in Spain.
He added: “I had a hard time understanding.
“The pressures on Kirsty’s family were horrendous.”
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is encouraged to contact David Swindle and his team via one of three email addresses; [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]
The helpline numbers are 07956 210600 for UK callers and +44 7956 210600 for overseas callers.
More information can be found on the website.
A charity has been set up at Kirsty’s to help relatives of those killed overseas. Head to the official site for more information.
Swindle’s Search for the Truth is available on all good platforms, including Apple podcast.