Wife of one of Britain’s most wanted criminals was found drowned on a beach in Marbella while he was on the run over £1million fraud, inquest told
- Rebecca Muldoon, 35, reported missing from home in Marbella before drowning
- Her husband, Paul, was wanted by UK police in connection with £1M fraud case
- Brother believes mental health suffered after she was dragged into Paul’s world
- For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90
The British wife of a criminal who was on the UK’s most wanted list was found drowned on a Spanish beach after suffering from mental ill health, an inquest heard.
Mother-of-two Rebecca Muldoon, 35, was reported missing from her home in Marbella on January 3 last year and her body was found washed up nearby 11 days later on January 14.
Her brother, Tyler Shepherd, 22, believes his sister’s mental health suffered after she was dragged into Paul Muldoon’s world.
Pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift recorded her medical cause of death as drowning, telling a hearing in Chelmsford she had no injuries that suggested third party involvement.
Mother-of-two Rebecca Muldoon, 35, was reported missing from her home in Marbella on January 3 last year and her body was found washed up nearby 11 days later on January 14
Friday’s inquest heard there were no suspicious circumstances and an open conclusion was recorded, even though her husband was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her shortly before she vanished.
Mrs Muldoon’s husband Paul, 33, was wanted by UK police at the time in connection with a near-£1million boiler room fraud.
He was arrested and extradited from Spain last year and was jailed in January this year for four years for his role in the scam.
He was suspected of manipulating OAPs into investing in dodgy ‘green energy bundles.’
One customer, an 83-year-old widow, claimed she handed over £235,000 for precious metals, diamonds and even plots of land in Brazil.
He also faced questioning over 425 e-cigarettes found at an office he rented in Marbella.
Her husband, Paul, 33, (left) was wanted by UK police in connection with a £1million ‘boiler room’ fraud case
He is suspected of manipulating OAPs into investing in dodgy ‘green energy bundles.’ One customer, an 83-year-old widow, claimed she handed over £235,000 for precious metals, diamons and even plots of land in Brazil
Spanish police confirmed he faced additional drugs charges in a statement issued after he was hauled to court.
They said the cigarettes seized were filled with ‘weed oil’ containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and had been imported from the States.
Detective Inspector Julie Gowen of Essex Police said Mrs Muldoon, originally from Southend, had been receiving hospital treatment for mental health issues.
She said Spanish authorities conducted a ‘thorough search’ for Mrs Muldoon after she was reported missing and they ‘went as far as speaking to the hairdresser she had used to try to find out last locations, areas she had frequented in the past’.
Her home was checked, in line with police procedure, and there was ‘no sign of a disturbance’, Ms Gowen said.
Friday’s inquest heard there were no suspicious circumstances and an open conclusion was recorded, even though her husband was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her shortly before she vanished. Pictured is her body being recovered from the beach
Paul Muldoon was also wanted on suspicion of selling marijuana e-cigarettes to nightclubs in Spain. Pictured are some of the e-cigarettes police found at an office space he rented in Marbella
Mrs Muldoon’s body was found in front of the Oasis Club on Marbella’s Golden Mile.
Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray asked Ms Gowen: ‘Mr Muldoon wasn’t in the area at the time?’
The detective responded: ‘Yes, that’s correct, we had that confirmed by the Spanish police.
‘I can say that there’s no evidence of any suspicious circumstances in this case.’
Ms Beasley-Murray said no relevant notes were found.
Video released by Spanish police shows Muldoon being taken to an office which is filled with the electronic smoking devices
Recording an open conclusion, she said: ‘We haven’t got all the pieces of the jigsaw.’
Mrs Muldoon’s younger brother Tyler Shepherd, 22, and her father-in-law Jim Muldoon listened to proceedings.
The coroner told them: ‘She clearly was much loved and I do hope you will be able to focus upon the happy memories that you have of her.’
Speaking outside court, Mr Shepherd said he believed his sister’s mental health suffered after she was dragged into Paul Muldoon’s world.
‘She got trapped and was caught in a situation she couldn’t understand or handle,’ he said.
‘I believe that led to the actions she took and her unfortunate mental health issues and everything that happened.’
He said he did not believe there was any ‘foul play’.
Paying tribute to his sister, he added: ‘Rebecca was a lovely person. She was bubbly, she would do anything for you. She loved her kids. They were her world, she was just so special.’
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