A man on trial for the second time for his mother’s murder 19 years ago has been found dead in Spain.
Sean Flynn, 38, was expected to appear in the High Court in Livingston this week after being charged with the murder of Lewis Tiffany.
She was 43 and the mother of a six-year-old girl when she disappeared in Edinburgh in May 2002 after an argument with her Flynn.
Flynn, 18, reported her missing the next day, and the police search for her was the largest in the history of Scotland.
As he was about to stand trial for his mother’s death a second time, police were told that a 38-year-old man had been found dead in Alicante.
The body has not yet been formally identified but Flynn’s family has been notified.
Ms Tiffany disappeared days after Flynn was convicted of the dangerous driving deaths of her cousin Paul Ross and best friend Christopher Magee of 18 years.
During their investigation, officers found blood matching the sludge along with Miss Tiffany’s DNA in the boot of a car being driven by Flynn.
Mobile phone records also show that Flynn was in East Lothian, where his body was found later in 2017, when he claimed to be about 20 miles away in Edinburgh.
Flynn was still at the Polmont Young Offenders Institution in February 2004, serving his sentence for a fatal car accident when he was first charged with murdering his mother.
Prosecutors allege that Flynn killed his mother after an accident and an argument about his relationship with an older woman.
Flynn’s lawyers said his mother may have taken her own life. He was approved by the jury.
Neighbors had reported that they had heard arguments that night that Ms. Tiffany had gone missing.
Tiffany’s remains were found in April 2017 in 60,000 acres of woodland near Gosford House, a stately home in Longnidry, East Lothian.
Prosecutors applied for permission for retrial under the double jeopardy law, which went into effect in 2011 and allows a person to be tried again for a crime for which they were previously acquitted.
Last year, judges overturned a previous ruling and authorized a new prosecution on charges of murder and attempting to defeat the end of justice by putting his body in the boot of a car and disposing of the body.
But Flynn failed to reach Livingston’s High Court and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Tuesday.
On Friday, his lawyer Amer Anwar said in a statement that he had been advised that Flynn was “according to police found dead in Spain after taking his own life”.
He said: “Most recently Mr. Flynn lived in Berlin. Any loss of life is a tragedy. Sean Flynn’s relatives have been informed and will not comment further.”
A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) said: “The COPFS are aware of reports concerning the death of Sean Flynn and are awaiting official confirmation from the Spanish authorities.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were informed of the death of a 38-year-old man in the Alicante region by Spanish police on Thursday 21 October.
“Formal identification is yet to be made, although Sean Flynn’s family has been notified.
“We will continue to work with the Spanish police to establish the full circumstances, but the death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”
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