CCTV could help solve 2012 Costa Brava murder case

David Swindle (back) with Antoinette and Ian, parents of Craig Mallon, 26, who was murdered  in Lloret. Picture: PA
David Swindle (back) with Antoinette and Ian, parents of Craig Mallon, 26, who was murdered in Lloret. Picture: PA
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A top investigator is finally securing the CCTV that could help to catch Lanarkshire quantity surveyor Craig Mallon’s killer.

Former Strathclyde detective David Swindle has also identified a new eyewitness to the murder of the 26-year-old on the Costa Brava in the early hours of 19 May, 2012.

Mr Mallon, who was working in Australia, had only been in the resort of Lloret de Mar for seven hours when he was assaulted in the street, near Rockefellers nightclub, in an unprovoked attack.

He was there with eight friends for his stepbrother Bryan’s stag-do when he was killed by a single punch in the early hours.

His parents, Antoinette, 46, and Ian, 51, flew out from Lanarkshire to identify their son’s body and a murder inquiry was launched.

It soon went cold and Mr Mallon’s former employer enlisted Mr Swindle - the brains behind Operation Anagram, which helped catch Scottish serial killer Peter Tobin, to investigate.

Through his Crime Solutions company, Mr Swindle has made breakthroughs which enabled him to release an artist’s impression of a man believed to be significant to the investigation.

Mr Swindle said: “Now, almost four years after Craig was killed, we have access to information which is allowing us to review the case properly and identify potential evidential opportunities, including details of a new eyewitness, which we have shared with the Spanish authorities.

“The Spanish prosecutor has finally promised to release to us the CCTV for the general surrounding areas where Craig was killed.

“There was no CCTV at the spot where Craig died. However, having the footage of entrances and exits to the area will really allow us to examine descriptions.

“We can then correlate them to information we have obtained ourselves, which is contained in the detailed case file the Spanish court has given to us.”