Washington man accused of murder in Spain is transferred to North East hospital for psychiatric assessment

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A WASHINGTON man charged with murdering his partner in Tenerife, has been flown back to North East despite having never stood trial.

Andrew Crowther, 51, was arrested after the body of his girlfriend Margaret Manley was found at the apartment they shared in Los Christianos.

Mr Crowther allegedly wandered into a bar covered in blood saying “where do I live” following the incident in August 2007.

When Spanish Police went to the apartment, which the couple had shared for about eight months, they found Ms Manley’s body. She had been strangled.

Mr Crowther, who was then 47, denied murdering Ms Manley, 40, from Belfast, telling the Spanish authorities he could not remember anything.

An investigating judge ordered Mr Crowther, who denied the murder, to be assessed at a psychiatric unit, but no trial is believed to have taken place in relation to the charge.

The Echo understands Mr Crowther was flown home to the region three weeks ago before being taken to a North East hospital where he is currently under assessment.

It is unclear if he will be returned to Tenerife and police have been making efforts to contact Ms Manley’s next of kin.

Mr Crowther, a builder by trade, originates from Washington but also lived for sometime in Bearpark near Durham City. After his arrest, detectives searched a large five bedroom, twin-garaged detached property where he had lived, but nothing resulted from their investigations.

Northumbria Police had been liaising with the Spanish authorities prior to Mr Crowther’s arrival back in the country.

A spokeswoman for the force said: “Northumbria Police helped facilitate the pre-planned transportation of a passenger arriving at Newcastle Airport.”