A BBC documentary being shown on a Spanish ‘Crimewatch’-style show could be a major breakthrough into investigations into the deaths of two Scottish people. 

Killed in Spain was first broadcast on BBC Scotland in 2018, and it focuses on the cases of Kirsty Maxwell and Craig Mallon. 

It follows ex-DCI David Swindle, now a private investigator, as he looked for information about the cases. 

The programme has been translated into Spanish and was due to be shown three times on Spain’s Crime and Investigation channel three times over the holiday period. 

Now Swindle has said this could be a ‘major step’ in reaching people with information on what happened. 

Kirsty, who was 27 at the time, died when she fell from a a balcony in Benidorm in April 2017. 

Craig Mallon, 26, was killed by a single punch in 2012 in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava. 

The full circumstances round their deaths have still not been clarified, and no one has been deemed responsible. 

Writing on Twitter, Swindle said: “The Killed Abroad documentary, Asesinados en Espana, being broadcast in over the festive season is a major step to hopefully reach those with information and highlight the controversial.” 

Ex-cop David also shared the trailer online. 

Kirsty fell from an apartment on the 10th floor of the Apartamentos Payma. It was occupied by five British men at the time who were celebrating a 50th birthday. 

An investigating judge decided there was no evidence of foul play, but her parents, Brian and Denise Curry, say the judge refused to consider information uncovered in their own investigation, including witness statements from Kirsty’s friends. 

In a statement the couple said: “For 32 long months we have been fighting for truth, answers and justice for Kirsty’s suspicious death. 

“This will be our third Christmas without Kirsty in our lives. 
“As each year goes by it does not get any easier, every time our legal team request basic lines of enquiry to be done the court refuses them. 

“In conjunction with our Lawyer Lorena Soler Bernabeu we await an appeal to the higher court in Spain regarding the continual refusal to allow progression of evidential opportunities. 

“With the assistance of our crime expert/reviewer David Swindle, his team and our Spanish Lawyer Lorena we continue to push for evidential opportunities to be progressed.” 

By Dilip Kuner -27 December 2019

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By Hannah Bardell MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deaths
Abroad, Consular Services and Assistance (the “APPG”)

When you are elected to Parliament you have your own ideas about the issues you’ll champion but I could never have envisaged meeting and hearing from some of the families and what they have been through as I have with the APPG.

A few months after I was elected in 2015 I learned of the death of the beautiful and bright young woman Julie Pearson. Beaten and abused by her former partner she died after a severe beating in Eilat, Israel yet the authorities claimed she died of natural causes. Her aunt Deborah, my constituent and one of the most formidable women I have ever encountered, has campaigned relentlessly since then fighting for answers, truth and justice for Julie.

In April 2017 another vibrant and brilliant young woman from Livingston was killed. Kirsty Maxwell was 27, newly married to husband Adam and on holiday in Benidorm when she fell from a balcony to her death in suspicious circumstances. Adam and Kirsty’s parents Denise and Brian Curry have also campaigned and worked relentlessly to find out how Kirsty died.

After trying to represent a second family facing such tragedy it became clear to me that there is very little support for families and little if no coherent process in place to make sure British citizens and their families are adequately supported. I asked questions on the floor of the House of Commons, held a debate in Parliament, wrote to the Prime Minister and held meetings with Ministers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, yet I came up against brick wall after brick wall.

After raising and debating their issues in Parliament in February 2018, it became clear there was a considerable number of MPs also with constituents who had lost family members abroad (murder and suspicious deaths) but also family members who were imprisoned and tortured and who faced the same bewilderment about where to turn for support.

It is bad enough when someone dies or is imprisoned in the country in which they live, but when the same happens overseas the family left behind must navigate a foreign legal system, a language they do not speak, a foreign police force, unfamiliar geography, insurance issues, costs of travelling to the country of death or imprisonment to collect the body of their loved one or to visit them in prison and media intrusion: these are just some of the harrowing and deeply traumatic things families have to deal with in the immediate aftermath of their loved one dying abroad.

Unlike many other APPGs in the House of Commons, we have no secretariat or funding. The evidence gathering process and drafting of the report has been led by my team – Stephanie McTighe, Michelle Rodger, Marcus Woods, Chloe Mclellan and Sarah Madden – who have been awe inspiring and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

We have met or spoken with around 60 families from across the UK. We have had a window into their tragedy, pain, injustice and devastation. To say it was emotional does not go nearly far enough; my team and I found the process upsetting and incredibly difficult to hear so we cannot imagine how these families felt and continue to feel each day. On numerous occasions we listened in disbelief as grieving parents or spouses told us about horrific events, feeling lost and abandoned and simply hoping for a kind word from someone who could help them.

This report is for them. This work is for them. It is in memory of the love and lives they have lost. We know nothing we say or do will return that to them. Every single family with whom we spoke was clear that they were giving evidence not for them, because it was “too late”. Instead, they came forward in a bid to ensure that in the future, other families do not have to experience the depth of despair that they have in their crusades towards justice. We also know of some families who were too broken to come forward, and there will be many many other families who found the process too damaging and simply gave up. For all of them, I hope this report covers some of the recommendations they would hope to see.

This report is the start of a campaign that we all commit to for as long as I am a parliamentarian and hopefully beyond. It will be a roadmap for change.

The APPG has spoken to around 50 third party organisations, government departments and NGOs including the support services into which the government puts money and faith to provide this support. This is not about any one agency, whether governmental or third party, it is about ensuring a collaborative approach.

Many changes are needed. Some of it requires legislation, for example a legal right to consular services which surprisingly, British citizens do not currently have. Mostly, it is about changing behaviours and processes, creating a protocol that government departments, the police, victims support, airlines, airports, holiday companies, the insurance and legal sectors can work to.

We owe it to these families and the loved ones they lost to learn lessons and make common sense and necessary changes.

Their testimony is compelling and makes a cast iron case for improvement. No one should be under any illusion that this is a “blame game”. This is about doing what is right and acting with compassion as fellow human beings, something that is sporadic at best in these cases. A family should not be “lucky” as victims of a crime or indeed where no crime is proven or can easily be proved and I am making a heartfelt appeal to all agencies and organisations to thoughtfully consider and meet the needs of the families who experience what is described in this report.

For that reason, the report aims to use the voices and experiences of the families, and I would like to pay testimony to their bravery.

Hannah Bardell MP
Chair, APPG on Deaths Abroad, Consular Services and Assistance

Visit Hannah Bardells website for more details or their Facebook page.

Download the full report here –

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Kirsty Emma (Curry) Maxwell was born to proud parents Denise and Brian Curry on 1st September 1989 in Leith, Edinburgh.

The family moved to West Lothian when Kirsty was a young child, where her brother Ryan was born, completing the family.

She attended school in Livingston and after gaining educational qualifications, Kirsty worked in various office roles before landing a position with Lloyds Banking Group, where she was held in very high regard by her colleagues and peers.

Kirsty had known Adam Maxwell for ten years when she married him in September 2016. They were blissfully happy and the marriage cemented their love for each other. 

Both Adam and Kirsty were family-oriented people close to their respective siblings and parents. They were in the process of buying a new home and planning to start a family of their own.

Sadly, they never got to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, buy their new house or have a family. 

Kirsty’s life was taken away in incredibly cruel, brutal and unexplained circumstances.

She was a popular girl who was regarded by her friends and family as a true and loyal friend and was a person everyone would confide in.

Kirsty is still sadly missed and her friends and family continue to pay tribute to this beautiful girl who touched the hearts of many.

Kirsty’s husband Adam, her parents Brian and Denise and her younger brother Ryan are continuing their fight for justice, truth and answers with the assistance of friends, the public, politicians and UK-based crime experts. 

They want to get to the truth behind the sinister and suspicious circumstances surrounding Kirsty’s death, which is still being investigated as a potential homicide by the Spanish authorities.

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Just hours after arriving for a holiday in Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca, Kirsty Maxwell died at around 07.50 on Saturday 29th April 2017, in unexplained, suspicious circumstances. 

These circumstances are being investigated by the Spanish police and by a Spanish judge as homicide.

Mystery surrounds Kirsty’s tragic death at the age of just 27 at My Pretty Payma Apartments (also known as Apartmentos Payma, Benidorm, Spain).

There are so many unanswered questions about: 

  • what happened in the room Kirsty was in before she died
  • other unidentified My Pretty Payma Apartments residents who were not interviewed
  • important lines of enquiry which do not appear to have been pursued

Investigative progress and answers have not been forthcoming for Kirsty’s family, who are determined in their search for the truth and to get justice for Kirsty.

People residing in 

  • My Pretty Payma (also known as Apartmentos Payma as stated above)
  • the nearby Hotel Presidente 
  • locally in Benidorm 

who can assist with information may not have come forward because they think what they know is not relevant.

Kirsty’s family hope that this website and the associated social media platforms appealing for information will assist the investigation.

Please take time to read the various sections of this website and use the information and links to help, in whatever way you can, to support Kirsty’s family, as they continue their desperate search for the truth about the tragic and suspicious death of their beloved Kirsty.

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