A Venezuelan man who murdered a British couple in Alcoy in 2002 has been arrested at Madrid airport after trying to flee the country. He  was sentenced to 62 years behind bars with a fellow Venezuelan for the brutal slaying, but Jorge Real Sierra, now aged 65, failed to return to prison after being given a pass out for six days from Granada jail, and was arrested along with his daughter, who was flying in from Malaga. The prisoner (pictured with his victims) was found to be holding fake travel and identification documents, having been arrested on an Alicante Provincial Court warrant.

The couple, Anthony and Linda O’Malley, from Llangollen, north Wales, went missing in September 2002 after travelling to Alcoy to try to find a property. They were abducted by Jorge Real Sierra and his brother-in-law Juan Antonio Velazquez Gonzalez. Mr O’Malley, 42, and his wife, 55, answered an advert for a villa in Alcoy but they did not know that Real and Velazquez, who had placed the ad, were only renting the property and were in no position to sell it. When they came to view the villa, they were kidnapped and held in the cellar, apparently monitored by their captors from a separate location via a webcam.

The Venezuelans forced Mr O’Malley to take out 25,000 euro from his bank account and then went on a spending spree with the couple’s credit cards. Anthony O’Malley was strangled and his wife died from shock. Their bodies were buried together beneath the basement where they had been held.

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