Four people have been arrested over the “body in the bag” murder of 25-year-old Francis Brennan, after his corpse wrapped up in plastic washed ashore on La Zenia beach in March 2014.
The joint operation between the Guardia Civil and British police saw two arrests being made in Liverpool and two in Javea, as part of the third phase of Operation Brennan. No details about the detainees have been made public.
Authorities carried out two house raids in Liverpool and three on the Costa Blanca in the Javea area, though no exact timelines have been disclosed. Sixty kilos of drugs, plus money and jewellery were seized in Britain, whilst the Guardia seized 40 thousand pounds sterling; 30 thousand euro; as well as expensive jewellery and two vehicles.
Francis Brennan from Liverpool was discovered in a bin bag washed onto La Zenia beach, after he was kidnapped by men pretending to be Guardia Civil agents in Javea. At the time of his murder, the 25-year-old was on the run from the police, as he was awaiting a court date following a stabbing at a concert in Milton Keynes.
Earlier this year, Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello ruled his death was an “unlawful killing”, which Brennan’s mother described as a “big step” towards justice.
“I’m satisfied that his death was through strangulation and, given the circumstances in which his body was washed on the beach, I’m satisfied that he was unlawfully killed,” said Rebello.
Brennan had fled to the Costa Blanca with his girlfriend, Sophie, before Christmas 2013 after ignoring the advice of his parents to stay in Britain, and was approached on January 24th 2014 in Javea by three men wearing caps like those worn by Guardia Officers, and forced into a car, before being taken to an unknown location.
The “hit” was allegedly ordered by Liverpudlian, Paul Scott, who was jailed for 14 years after admitting to conspiracy over the importation of cocaine to the UK, with the Guardia naming him as the prime suspect for plotting the Francis Brennan killing, which was said to be over a debt. One of the three allegedly “hired” for the job was said to be an associate of Scott, Paul Monk, who was arrested by the Guardia at his Javea villa in 2015, as part of the joint Operation Captura with the British police to help track down fugutives from UK justice.