October 28, 2021

Glasgow police officer who caught the serial killer Peter Tobin and led a team to help victims of crime abroad.

From the desire for life in the sun to the holiday of celebration, there are times when we desire carefree days.

For many, retiring abroad seems like a dream to spend a long day in the Mediterranean enjoying all the good things in life.

And as travel restrictions are eased, the lure of two weeks in the sun will be on thousands of Scots cards next year.

However, going out for sunset does not always end well and whether it is buying a holiday home or getting into serious trouble CrimeThis can be very bad for all people when they are away from home and have a language barrier to compete with.

That’s one reason why former senior detective David Swindle, the man who nabbed serial killer Peter Tobin and set up Operation Anagram to investigate other crimes in which bad killers may have been involved, has been involved in crimes abroad. Started helping the victims.

During his career with Strathclyde Police, Mr. Swindle led the team that put Tobin behind bars in 2006 for the murder and rape of Angelica Click at St. Patrick’s Church in Glasgow, Anderson. Missing Scots school girl Vicky Hamilton and another missing teenager Dina McConnell. Tobin is serving a life sentence after being convicted of all three murders.

David Swindle is looking at high profile cases.

David Swindle is looking at high profile cases.

Given his background and expertise, Mr. Swindle is now helping families in need at a difficult time when loved ones have been killed abroad. He is deeply involved in seeking justice for the families of Christy Maxwell and Craig Mellon, both of whom died abroad.

“When I left my role as a Detective Superintendent and Senior Investigating Officer at the former Strathclyde Police, I wanted to continue to use my CID skills to help victims and families and Was involved in providing independent case reviews of suspicious deaths, mainly abroad, including Scottish victims Craig Mellon who was murdered in 2012 and Christy Maxwell who died in 2017 in unresolved suspicious circumstances. ۔

“Over the years, my support team has developed a range of linguists who specialize in their respective fields and have a strong knowledge of culture, business and practice, mainly in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.”

In July, Mr. Swindle and his team went a step further and established Victim abroad.
He added: “I have decided to showcase the expertise of a team of experts and set up overseas victims who are in other countries to help those in need where people need to go to another country. I’m in trouble. ”

One of the high profile cases is that of Christy Maxwell of Livingston, West Lutheran. When she died on April 29, 2017, she was in Benidorm on a chicken weekend.

After their first night in town, in the morning, he and his friends returned to the apartment block where they had stayed and went to bed.

At about 5:50 a.m., Ms. Maxwell left the apartment and went upstairs, where some of her friends were in another flat. Of the men of Nottingham

Within minutes, she fell from her tenth-floor balcony to her death.

With the help of Mr. Swindle, his family is still searching for answers, and his parents, Dennis and Brian, have set up a charity named after him – the Christy Maxwell Charity.

In similar heartbreaking circumstances, Craig Mellon’s family is still searching for answers and it will be his tenth anniversary next year when he died.

Mr Malone of C برte d’Ivoire was killed in a single cartoon attack on May 19, 2012, while on holiday at Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava, Spain.

Despite having accounts of several eyewitnesses and a group of key witnesses discovering that he had left his hotel early, local officials were unable to resolve the case.

His mother, Antoinette, went to his son’s grave without seeing justice, while his father, Ian, fought for answers.

And the people Mr. Swindle put on the Victims Overseas project were former property expert Leslie McAven. Scott had lived in Spain for almost 20 years and it was not always the happiest aspect of life in the sun he saw.

Now back inside. Scotland, Mrs. McAven had worked on property market scams and Spanish local authority management issues.

During my time in Spain, I heard about illegal property issues where someone buys a house that is not registered and has no legal paperwork. planning It is not illegal to sell them with permission but it is illegal not to inform the buyer about the status.

“In the end, I would have handled hundreds of these cases. On many occasions, people have saved their lives by buying a retirement home abroad so that the property is not technically on paper.”

“The worst case scenario is that they may end up with the demolition and demolition of their property and the payment of additional land fees.”

However, there have been many cases where Mrs. McAven has managed to save the day and even averted the threat of demolition at eleven o’clock.

He explained: “I was approached by someone who lived in a Spanish town who said that his neighbor had given him a piece of paper, but he did not understand.

“I immediately took a picture of him and it turned out to be a notice that the house would collapse in three days.

“I was able to negotiate with the local authority and due to time constraints we stopped it so that the homeowner would be safe for a few years – until the authorities tried again.”

Although overseas victims are only able to form this summer and the number of passengers is still nothing compared to the level before the quaid, it is in the coming months that it can offer help and expertise.

Mr Swindell added: “The number of people going on holiday due to epidemics is low. However, this will unfortunately change and sadly we will have to help poor families and victims who seek justice abroad. Or finding their way through the system of action.

Christy Maxwell with her husband Adam on their wedding day.

Christy Maxwell with her husband Adam on their wedding day.

Craig Mallen was on holiday in Spain in 2012 when the tragedy occurred.

Craig Mallen was on holiday in Spain in 2012 when the tragedy occurred.

Despite having accounts of several eyewitnesses and a group of key witnesses discovering that he had left his hotel early, local officials were unable to resolve the case.

His mother, Antoinette, went to his son’s grave without seeing justice, while his father, Ian, fought for answers.

And one of the people Mr. Swindle Victims was hired with overseas for the project was former property expert Leslie McAven. Scott Spain has lived in Spain for almost 20 years and it was not always a pleasant aspect of life in the sun.

Now back in Scotland, Mrs McAven had worked on property market scams, Spanish local authority management issues.

During my time in Spain, I heard about illegal property issues where someone buys a house that is not registered and does not have any legal paperwork, they do not have permission to plan. It is not illegal to sell them, but it is illegal not to inform the buyer of their status.

“And in the end, I would have handled hundreds of them. On many occasions, people have saved their lives by buying a retirement home abroad so that the property is not technically on paper.”

“The worst case scenario is that they may end up with the demolition and demolition of their property and the payment of additional land fees.”

However, there have been many cases where Mrs. McAven managed to save the day and even prevented the demolition of the 11th hour.

He added: “I was approached by someone who lived in a Spanish town who said that his neighbor had given him a piece of paper, but he did not understand.

“I immediately asked him to send me a picture of him and it turned out to be a notice that the house would collapse in three days.”

“I was able to negotiate with the local authority and due to time constraints we stopped it so that the homeowner would be safe for a few years – until the authorities tried again.”

The overseas victims' team includes David Swindle, Leslie McAven, Debbie Smithwhite, Susan Terrace and Eva Maria Navarro Peuchs.

The overseas victims’ team includes David Swindle, Leslie McAven, Debbie Smithwhite, Susan Terrace and Eva Maria Navarro Peuchs.

Mrs. McAven was also called in to handle a case while the vacation maker was still abroad.

“I helped the victim of the road scam. The man had just arrived and he had rented a car. As she was pulling out of a junction, a car stopped in front of her and forced her to stop. At the time he thought he heard a voice from behind.

It was a ploy to stop and distract him when someone opened the back door of the car and stole his bag with his cash and card. Where I came from he was helping to prevent further damage and what immediate action he could take, such as stopping the card and helping with the language barrier.

Although overseas victims were only able to form this summer, while the number of passengers was nothing compared to the levels before the quaid, the months ahead are where they can be offered help and expertise.

Mr Swindell added: “The number of people going on holiday due to epidemics has been low but sadly that will change and sadly we will have to help poor families and victims who are out. Countries are finding their way through justice or the system of action. ”

Dan Wright’s mother, from Newcastle, who was killed in Cancun, offered to help.

“Hopefully no one will need it, but if you’ve ever been in this nightmare, this is the team you need help and support,” said Maria Way, whose team has helped. Will be.”

Information about victims abroad can be found at https://victimsabroad.com/

You can learn more about Christie Maxwell Charity at https://kirstymaxwellcharity.co.uk/

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