Wealthy British killer’s teen son relives desperate attempts to save dying mum

A teenage son has relived the harrowing moment he found his mother covered in blood after she was allegedly stabbed by his dad 16 times.

Computer programmer Geoffrey Elton has admitted killing his wife Gloria Tornay on March 9, 2019, a court in Costa del Sol heard.

Brave Alonso Tornay recalled the sickening moment his dad threw three phones into the garden of their expat home as his blood-covered mum agonised on her bed.

The youngster, who was only 15 at the time of the brutal attack, ran out the front door to retrieve the phones in a desperate bid to fetch help for his dying mother and call 999.

His dad then locked the front door so he couldn’t get back in.

Alonso also identified one of the two knives prosecutors say Elton used to stab mum-of-two and headteacher Gloria.

Spanish speaker Alonso, who has just turned 18, told the court in Malaga he was woken by the sound of a blow after a “normal” evening meal with his parents.

He got out of bed and discovered his stricken mum after following a trail of blood leading to their room.

“She was on her knees on the left side of the bed, leaning on one hand with the other over her face,” he said.

Answering questions from state prosecutor Julio Angel Martinez Carazo, he added: “She was covered in blood and I asked her what had happened.

“She didn’t reply so I went to the kitchen to get some paper to try to close her wounds.

“When I came back with more paper I saw my dad arrive with a knife and blood on his hands.

“My mum still wasn’t speaking but he said she had had an accident and then asked me for a hug.

“I told him to call an ambulance and that’s when he threw the landline and two mobiles, including my mum’s phone, into the garden.

“I ran out of the house through the open front door to find them and call police and I heard the door slammed shut behind me and locked so I couldn’t get back in.”

Alonso was shown the black-handled kitchen knife he said he had found covered in blood in an outside storage room.

He told jurors he had smashed the glass behind bars over the kitchen window with a hammer as his dad barked, “that’s enough” before drinking a glass of water and offering him some from behind the broken pane.

Alonso added: “I heard my mum yell ’don’t hurt the boy’ from the bedroom.

“I heard her shout like she’d never shouted before. I was yelling for help over and over and a neighbour heard me and called the police.

“They gave me a thermal blanket when they arrived because I was in a state of shock and they kept me outside.

“It must have taken them a good 30 minutes to force open the front door because it was a reinforced door.

“I saw my dad come out in handcuffs. I was still under the blanket when the police told me my mum had died.”

Elton, 57, is facing up to 14 years in jail if he is convicted of murdering his wife.

The Brit’s own defence lawyer branded him “dangerous” before his courtroom confession on Monday.

But Juan Antonio Lopez Alvarez said he killed Gloria under the effects of a mental illness and should be treated in a secure psychiatric centre before being expelled from Spain and placed in the care of UK authorities.

Elton claimed his wife and her family had been spying on him with the help of a Spanish police officer relative based at the Jordanian Embassy, although his youngest son insisted he had never mentioned it and had no mental disorder he was aware of.

The Brit was accused of drugging “clean-living” Gloria, 58, with methadone and morphine because she wanted to divorce him and trying to suffocate and strangle her to death after sex before stabbing her repeatedly.

She died after going into hypovolemic shock from blood loss.

One of the first police officers on the crime scene told the court he took “15 to 20 minutes” to force entry to the house with colleagues using a large hammer and axe.

“There was a lot of blood inside and a man on his back and a woman in the foetal position lying on the bed in one of the bedrooms,” he said.

“I could see straight away the woman was dead. The man had blood on his hands and said, ‘Kill me, kill me’

“He asked me if I knew why he had done it and then said the woman had betrayed him by giving information to a relative at the Jordanian Embassy.”

An unnamed police inspector said: “After he reached the police station, he said he had thrown the phones away to avoid his wife getting help.”