Family of Kirsty Maxwell ‘can’t grieve until they have answers’

Kirsty Maxwell with husband Adam Maxwell. Picture: contributed
Kirsty Maxwell with husband Adam Maxwell. Picture: contributed

THE parents of Kirsty Maxwell say they can’t grieve until they get answers about her fatal plunge from a balcony in Benidorm 14 months ago.

Denise and Brian Curry were speaking ahead of BBC Scotland documentary Killed Abroad, in which an expert suggests she clambered over the tenth-storey balcony rather than leapt off it.

Denise, 54, from Livingston, said: “We have not grieved. Not at all. It’s the only thing we think about, 24/7. I just don’t want to go out any more. I don’t want to enjoy myself. It’s almost like guilt. It feels wrong.

“Our whole lives have been turned upside down. All we think about is Kirsty and getting justice. We need to know what happened.”

Brian, 59, said: “The only way we get through the day is by changing hats, that’s what we call it. When we get up in the morning, we put on our work hat and when we come home, the first thing Denise asks me is if we’ve got any e-mails.

“You have got to compartmentalise yourself during the day. That’s the only way to get through. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t cope at all, but it is very difficult.”

The couple say their lives have been turned upside down since the death of their 27-year-old daughter, who they say was “full of life, and laughter”.

They say their every waking moment is consumed by the need to win justice for her.

Brian said: “She was just always laughing and smiling. She loved her friends, and was the person you could talk to about anything.

“She would always be more concerned about other people than herself, she’d always ask how you were.”

Kirsty had married husband Adam in a fairy tale wedding in Cyprus just six months before she fell to her death from an apartment block on April 29, 2017, while on a hen do in Benidorm with friends.

As a youngster, Kirsty was a talented gymnast and enjoyed sports, even becoming a Scottish champion in taekwondo.

As she got older, she most enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and her dog – a pug called Phoebe.

The couple, along with Kirsty’s younger brother Ryan and her husband Adam, have been fighting for answers as to what happened on the night the Livingston woman died.

They have been joined by a former Strathclyde police detective, David Swindle, who is reviewing the case in search of new information.

His investigation is the focus of a documentary to be aired on BBC Scotland on Wednesday, which centres around Kirsty’s death and the death of another Scot abroad, Craig Mallon, who was killed by a single punch while on a stag party in Lloret de Mar.

The detective has obtained police images from inside the apartment where Kirsty fell, along with statements given by five Nottingham men who were staying there.

Spanish police have ruled the tragedy as an accident, however parents Brian and Denise say their investigation has been “a shambles”. Brian said: “It’s utterly disgraceful. There is a systemic failure.”