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Monday, January 25, 2016
picture of British man accused of strangling wife in Spanish holiday hotspot Majorca
This is the first picture of the British man arrested over the death of his wife in the popular Spanish resort town of Majorca.
Warren Lyttle, 50, is accused of strangling his wife with a mobile phone charger cable and has allegedly confessed to the killing.
The car salesman hung his head as he was led into a court hearing with his hands cuffed behind his back.
He was wearing the same brown shoes, trousers and jumper he had on when he was arrested at around 3.30am on Saturday morning.
Two officers drove the British expat to the court in the Majorcan capital Palma from a nearby police station to be questioned by an investigating judge behind closed doors.
Police and council chiefs have said Lyttle admitted to killing wife Lisa Jane, 49, who lived in Majorca and North-West London, in a phone call to the emergency services from the sixth-floor flat where they had been staying for a month near Magaluf.
A postmortem showed the mum-of-one had died from asphyxia due to strangulation.
A source close to the inquiry revealed Lyttle had refused to eat or drink in the 37 hours between his arrest and his arrival at court around 4.30pm local time today.
The source said: “He’s been offered food and water several times but has refused on each occasion.”
Around 300 people held a five-minute silence at 5pm on Saturday in memory of Ms Lyttle during a protest to condemn her killing organised by Calvia Town Hall.
A spokesman for the Guardia Civil said: “A British man who is resident in Majorca phoned the emergency services at about 3.20am on Saturday morning and confessed during the call to killing his wife.
“The victim was strangled with a telephone cord during a row.”
Speaking from home in Neasden, North-West London, Lyttle’s mum Joan said: “We don’t know how this could have possibly happened.
“It has left us in total shock. There were no problems in the marriage.”
Lyttle was remanded in custody on suspicion of his wife’s homicide.
Judge Jose Luis Castro ordered him to a local prison after quizzing him for around two hours.The hearing was private and the details of what was said behind-closed-doors were not made public.
The judicial investigation will continue while Lyttle is behind bars.