A wealthy British expat is accused of murdering his wife in a frenzied knife attack moments after having sex with her in their Spanish home.
Retired businessman Geoffrey Elton has been accused by Spanish prosecutors of violently killing Gloria Tornay – strangling her and stabbing her 11 times.
The 56-year-old allegedly murdered the 58-year-old, then ordered their 15-year-old son out of the house while he shut off power to the building and disposed of their phone and mobiles in an effort to slow the arrival of help.
Elton – who splits his time between the Costa report of Estopona in Spain and a residence in Florida, USA – has been charged with the murder of the mum-of-two.
Elton could be jailed for 14-years if found guilty and forced to pay £180,000 in compensation to Ms Tornay’s children.
An indictment submitted to a judge ahead of the trial states: “Geoffrey Miles Elton was in the home he shared with his wife and their 15-year-old son in Estepona and with the obvious intention of ending her life after having sex with her in their bedroom, suddenly and totally unexpectedly began to hit her in the face as he put his hand over her mouth to suffocate her.
“He then proceeded to strangle her and when he wasn't able to achieve his objective, used a 5.7 inch long kitchen knife to stab her 11 times.”
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It is believed Ms Tornay died after being stabbed in the back while trying to make an escape, went in to “hypovolemic shock”, and suffered massive blood loss.
It is also claimed Ms Tornay had ingested alcohol, morphine and methadone before Elton allegedly launched his fatal attack.
The prosecutors went on to accuse: “After what happened, the accused expelled their son from the property, threw his mobile phone, that of his wife's and the home phone outside, and shut down power to the house.
“This was done with the aim of ensuring the success of his actions by making it impossible for the emergency services to arrive in time and stop anyone entering the property to help the victim.”
The killing occurred on March 9, 2019, and Elton has been remanded in custody since his arrest last year.
Local reports have suggested that Ms Tornay had been planning to leave her husband before her death.
A date for the trial is yet to be announced, however it is likely the British national would escape a life sentence if found guilty as prosecutors have already accepted Elton has a mental disorder, described in the indictment as an “extenuating circumstance” – making the 14-year maximum sentence more likely.
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