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Pictures that back family’s assault probe

The photo showing the high wall with gateway and (below) the pool area

The photo showing the high wall with gateway and (below) the pool area

A CAMPAIGN to re-open a police probe into what they believe was a brutal attack on a dad-of-two in Tenerife has gained new momentum.

Andy Openshaw’s relatives believe he was beaten up and robbed while on a stag do on the Spanish island on January 31.

Spanish police initially painted a different picture of the incident, insisting the 31-year-old was seen climbing a wall to jump into an empty swimming pool.

However, new photographs of the scene, provided to the Wigan Evening Post by a local photographer, support the family’s version of events.

They show an easily accessible gate – casting doubt on why Mr Openshaw would have attempted to climb the hotel’s wall, as police claim. They also show that the pool can not be seen from the road.

The pictures add pressure on Spanish police to re-open their probe and back up the family’s view that Mr Openshaw was the victim a violent assault.

Mr Openshaw spent time in a local hospital where he was treated for injuries which were reportedly consistent with him diving into the pool.

However, that has been disputed by British medical experts.

An emergency campaign to bring Mr Openshaw home was launched with the family needing to raise £30,000 to fly him home on his life support machine just weeks after he was told he had 48 hours to live.

That money was raised in a very short space of time and now Mr Openshaw, of Westleigh, is receiving treatment at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.

Consultants there have since revealed that Mr Openshaw’s injuries are more consistent with a violent attack, including a kick to his head.

A recent update from his family described the father-of-two as “comfortable” and they said he is still being constantly monitored with any improvements possibly taking up to two years.

The family has been reassured by positive signs since his return though. Over in Tenerife, his plight has been heavily documented in the local press and was front page news in the Canarian Weekly.

 

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