Family of woman killed in Benidorm balcony plunge still seeking answers

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The husband of a woman killed when she plunged from a balcony during a hen party in Spain has told how her death is still “all-consuming” six months on.

Adam Maxwell from Livingston, West Lothian, is pressing for a full investigation into the death of his wife Kirsty in Benidorm on April 29.

The 27-year-old fell from an apartment block in the holiday resort, leaving her husband and parents Denise and Brian searching for answers.

Earlier this year the family employed former police officer David Swindle – who set up Operation Anagram to investigate serial killer Peter Tobin’s crimes – to investigate her death.

Mr Maxwell told BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye programme: “There’s a lot of things that we now know and all we are trying to do is get a full investigation into Kirsty’s death.

“There’s so many unanswered questions that we’ve been asking for six months now that we still do not have the answers to. I struggle to find out why that is still the case.”

He said dealing with the loss of Kirsty consumes their daily lives.

“It doesn’t go away, I don’t know if it ever will. It’s always there, it’s all-consuming,” Mr Maxwell said.

Kirsty was part of a group of 20 women who travelled to Benidorm where she fell from a tenth floor window.

The family say police did not interview many of Kirsty’s friends and appealed for anyone who was in the block on the night to get in touch.

They have also held meetings with MSPs including Scottish Justice Minister Michael Matheson.

A crowdfunding page was set up to raise money to bring home Kirsty’s body which helped pay for the repatriation and legal costs.

Mr Maxwell pointed out that England and Wales have the coroner system which automatically provides a second post-mortem.

He said: “One thing that is offered through that coroner service for English and Welsh people is normally a second post-mortem or a full inquest when the body arrives back in the country, when that is something we’ve had to do ourselves.

“I actually organised a second post-mortem for Kirsty and it was incredible difficult to do that, but we felt it was absolutely necessary.”

The family brought the 27-year-old’s body back to the UK after spending a week in Spain.

“We were in Spain for a week – me, Denise and Brian would not leave the country without Kirsty and we actually flew back on the same flight as Kirsty, ” said Mr Maxwell.

“That was an incredibly difficult moment watching that unfold, but we weren’t going to do it any other way.”

Kirsty’s death is still being investigated by Spanish police and local authorities.

A British man was earlier arrested over her death, but was later released by the Spanish authorities.

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