Brit woman, 59, 'shot dead in wealthy Madrid neighbourhood by her husband, 66, who then killed himself'

A BRITISH woman has been shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide involving her husband in a wealthy residential area near Madrid.

The 59-year-old’s body was found next to her partner’s in the garden of their home in a gated estate in upmarket Pozuelo de Alarcon, to the west of the Spanish capital.


Police believe the victim was shot dead by her partner, a 66-year-old local and former pilot, before he allegedly turned the gun on himself.

An alarm was raised by a security guard at the estate around 2.30pm local time on Sunday.

The couple found dead were alone in the property in an area called Urbanizacion Somosaguas – a gated commnuity known as La Finca where several footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale own homes.

Spain’s Equality Minister Irene Montero has confirmed police are investigating the incident as a domestic violence case.

She wrote on Twitter: “All my affection and support for the family at these difficult moments.”

Hana Jalloul, spokeswoman for the left-wing PSOE party in Madrid’s regional Parliament, wrote on social media: “ENOUGH. We are not going to stop until we eradicate gender violence.”

A government office set up to combat gender-based violence added: “We are compiling information on the murder of a woman in the province of Madrid in a suspected case of gender violence.

“If the suspicions are confirmed, the number of women murdered in gender violence killings in Spain would reach 17 in 2021 and 1095 since 2003.”

No further details have been released about the British victim.

Pozuelo de Alarcon ranks as the wealthiest municipality in Spain.

La Finca, a favourite with current and retired footballers as well as singers and businessmen, is within its municipal boundaries.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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