The final days of a Scottish man charged with murdering his mother as mysterious woman was spotted in Spanish apartment

A son wanted for the murder of his mother 19 years ago has spent the last days of his life with a mysterious woman in an Airbnb in a Spanish seaside building.

Sean Flynn, 38, who failed to appear in court charged with killing Louise Tiffney in Edinburgh in 2002, impersonated a tourist after booking a sixth-floor apartment in the holiday town of Peniscola near Valence.

Locals claimed there had been a woman with him, but she left days before Flynn committed suicide at a nearby residential complex.

His body was identified by the Airbnb landlady who came to expel him after he exceeded his reservation by a week.

A resident of the Penismar estate where Flynn crashed after fleeing his old home in Berlin said: “He was only here for about eight or nine days.

“We saw a woman come in and out who left in the car I thought was hers on the Sunday before she died.”



Louise Tiffney was found dead in her Dean Path apartment in Edinburgh

Another added: “He rented the apartment for a week but went over the length of stay by a few days and I heard the owner was worried because he hadn’t paid the extra.

“The owner was in the area on the morning of his death and eventually had to identify him. She had no idea that a suspected killer was staying in her apartment. She is still in shock.

Flynn died 48 hours after the Livingston High Court issued an arrest warrant when he failed to appear for trial on October 19.

At first we thought he was dead.

Maintenance workers had found him outside a nearby building near his Airbnb just after 8 a.m. when they arrived at work. it was pronounced
died shortly after the arrival of emergency medical help.

Police have filed a report on the incident with a court in the nearby town of Vinaros, which is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Flynn’s attorney, Aamer Anwar, said he was told his client had committed suicide in a statement last week and that Spanish authorities would not consider the incident to be suspicious.

Spanish police have confirmed they have been in contact with British counterparts and informed a Vinaros investigating judge of their findings, but would not comment.

The apartment rented by Flynn was in a residential complex above a tapas restaurant, opposite a seafront promenade, a short drive from downtown Peniscola.

A local source said: “The owner of the apartment this man stayed in saw all the police as she walked through the neighborhood and said she wanted to speak to them to have the person evicted from the apartment.

“Civil Guard investigators did not tell anyone we knew he was a wanted man or investigate places like the community office.

“The only thing we know is what we read in the UK newspapers that the expats showed us.”



The apartment in Spain where Sean Flynn was staying

In a high-profile trial in 2005, Flynn, then just 18, was accused of killing his 43-year-old mother in the Edinburgh apartment they shared with Louise’s daughter, Hannah, five years old.

Without a body, prosecutors claimed the couple had an argument and that Flynn then got rid of his body. But a jury concluded that the case was not proven.

Despite numerous calls from police, no trace of Louise was found until 2017, when her remains were found in a shallow grave near a stately home in Longniddry, East Lothian.

The discovery sparked a new investigation of Flynn and he was charged with the murder for the second time in January 2020 under new dual criminality rules.

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