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01 July 2017

Police arrest ex-professional wrestler Jimmy Breaks who was star of ITV show ‘for beating 47-year-old wife to death’ in Gran Canaria

A BRITISH man arrested on suspicion of homicide in Gran Canaria after allegedly beating his ex-wife has been named as an ex-professional wrestler and TV star.

Donna Cowley, 47, was pronounced dead in hospital after police found her with horrific injuries at her apartment in Mogan, Gran Canaria.

James Breaks is being investigated on suspicion of homicide
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James Breaks is being investigated on suspicion of homicide[/caption]

He has not yet been charged with any crime, as charges in Spain are only laid shortly before trial
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He has not yet been charged with any crime, as charges in Spain are only laid shortly before trial[/caption]

James Breaks, 80, is being investigated on suspicion of homicide after Miss Cowley was found to be “heavily bleeding” after allegedly suffering several blows.

She died after cardiac arrest at the University Hospital of Gran Canaria.

Breaks was said to have been sat on the sofa watching TV when officers stormed into his home in the early hours of Friday morning.

Spanish newspaper La Provincia claims he resisted arrest and assaulted at least one police officer.

The former wrestling star is being held in custody
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The former wrestling star is being held in custody[/caption]

The woman was found with horrific injuries in the Bahia Azul complex in Mogan
The woman was found with horrific injuries in the Bahia Azul complex in Mogan
The couple were said to have lived in Mogan, Gran Canaria, for several years
The couple were said to have lived in Mogan, Gran Canaria, for several years
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The resort is popular with British ex-pats and holidaymakers
The resort is popular with British ex-pats and holidaymakers
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A spokesman for the Guardia Civil, the police force investigating, said: “At 12.45am yesterday, local police in Mogan responded initially after being alerted to a 999 call about an alleged assault which had occurred at a property in the municipality.

“The initial police response focused on assisting the victim and subsequently detaining the alleged aggressor who was immediately handed over to the Guardia Civil in Mogan.

“The victim, a foreign woman aged 47 who lives in the Canary Islands, was taken to Arguineguin Health Centre before being transferred to the Gran Canaria Insular Hospital in the capital Las Palmas where she died yesterday morning/on Friday morning.

“Up until now, and pending the oficial result of the autopsy, it has not been possible to determine the exact causes of her death, and whether her death is linked to the possible assault.


“The arrested man, who is 80 and whose initials are J.B and also a foreign man living in the Canary Islands, is also being held on suspicion of undermining the authority of the law relating to an act of ‘active resistance’ at the Guardia Civil station in Puerto Rico.”

The couple are said to have lived at the Bahia Azul apartment complex in the popular resort of Mogan, in the south-west of Gran Canaria, for several years.

The sea view apartments currently go on the market for around £120,000.

Mogan is a popular resort among British holidaymakers and ex-pats on Gran Canaria, the largest of the Canary Islands.


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