THE distraught family of Kirsty Maxwell has hit out again today (Wednesday) at ‘inaccurate’ UK media coverage of her suspicious death in Benidorm.
Kirsty’s dad Brian said: “Once again, based on inaccurate Spanish sources, there has been UK media and online speculation regarding Kirsty’s case which we know is subject to ongoing Spanish court proceedings.
“At this important juncture, when we as a family are aware of confidential matters subject to investigation by the court, it would be inappropriate for us and our lawyer to comment on what’s being published in newspapers and online.
“Whilst it’s upsetting for us to read such speculation when we know the court and our lawyer is actively investigating various aspects regarding Kirsty’s death, we continue to maintain our dignity and respect the court processes by avoiding speaking publicly about matters which could be perceived as sensitive potential evidential and process issues.”
Meanwhile, the Facebook page of the Kirsty Maxwell Information Appeal released a statement saying: “Once again there has been so much unhelpful and inaccurate speculation based on various Spanish “sources” regarding what might happen regarding Kirsty’s case which continues to be open and subject of Judge led investigations.
“It is shocking that Spanish “sources” with some knowledge that key individuals may be appearing at Court this month have been providing information to the media who have been publishing negatve speculation about what MAY happen as regards Kirsty’s case.
“Whilst Kirsty’s family are maintaining their integrity and cannot publish confidential information, they can confirm that Kirsty’s case is still open, the judge continues to investigate various aspects and the recently appointed Spanish lawyer is pushing for answers and progress.
“It was good to see the Euro Weekly News publishing an article today which pushes Kirsty’s family’s appeal for information.”
Denise and Brian, the parents of Kirsty, had recently travelled back to Spain to meet with their newly-appointed lawyer, Lorena Soler Bernabeu, to discuss some aspects of the suspicious circumstances of the death of their beloved daughter.
Brian said: “It was very emotional and heartbreaking to return to Spain for the family to pursue answers, but sadly it is what we have to do.
“We are determined to continue pushing to seek answers until we know the truth of what happened to Kirsty.”
Spanish lawyer Lorena Soler Bernabeu said: “What happened to Kirsty was a tragedy and for that reason, from our office, we are going to do everything legally in our hands to ensure a full clarification of the facts and get to know the truth about Kirsty’s death.”
“Our legal work will be aimed at helping Kirsty’s parents and her husband, Adam, but mainly our legal work will be directed to obtain the answers that have not yet been forthcoming.”
Recently Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to ensure police and prosecutors were given the “necessary resources” to probe Kirsty’s death after a meeting with her family
It’s not the first time Kirsty’s family or representatives have hit out at UK media speculation.
Just weeks ago former detective David Swindle, hired by Kirsty’s family, said: “There has been recent media speculation regarding the Spanish judicial processes and the re-interview of individuals connected to the investigation into the unexplained unresolved death of Kirsty Maxwell at My Pretty Payma Apartments, Benidorm, Spain in April 2017.”
Any in August the family thanked the ‘caring’ public for their response and messages of support after the BBC aired a documentary but slammed the UK national press.
They said: “Thanks to everyone it means so much to us.
“The very sad and powerful documentary, Killed Abroad, has now brought into the public domain the various issues which feature and the reasons why we as a family continue to push for answers and progress regarding so many issues.
However, they went on to say, “On the back of ‘Killed Abroad’ being broadcast and the resultant increase in the public awareness of Kirsty’s case, we had hoped that the media would focus on the various important appeal points we uploaded to social media on Tuesday morning.
“Sadly that has not happened.
“The last few days of reporting in some of the UK nationals in the main has not been helpful, indeed it has been very upsetting for us as a family.
Kirsty Maxwell, 27-year-old from West Lothian, was on a hen party with friends in Benidorm when she plunged to her death on April 29, 2017.
It is known Kirsty had been with friends before she apparently left them for a different hotel room occupied by five men she did not know.
Joseph Graham, Callum Northridge, Ricky Gammon, Anthony Holehouse and Daniel Bailey were part of a group of 50 men on holiday together at the time of Mrs Maxwell’s death.
The men, all from Nottingham, have given statements to Spanish police, but Mrs Maxwell’s family claim they ‘can’t grieve’ because they say the men’s stories do not add up.
Kirtsy’s husband Adam, who she married just six months before her death, has said that the circumstances surrounding it were “impossible to believe” and that they still are.
In April the judge handling the case signalled she was close to ending her probe saying: “To date no new evidence that allows me to attribute the commission of a specific criminal act to the people under investigation has been obtained.”
However, the family has reissued its plea to the public: “Please help us push for answers and share and publish the information and appeal points which are on our various social media sites.”
They ask for any information you think may be relevant to be sent to their confidential email address [email protected] or phone / text (0044) 07376 040519