Fam­ily hit by sec­ond tragedy

Murder vic­tim’s mum dies

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Jean Ward

A hear t b ro­ken mother who fought a cam­paign for jus­tice af­ter her son was mur­dered in Spain has died.

The Coat­bridge fam­ily of Craig Mal­lon were left dev­as­tated af­ter his mum An­toinette died on Friday, aged just 48, fol­low­ing a short ill­ness.

Craig, 26, died af­ter be­ing struck by a sin­gle punch out­side a bar in Lloret de Mar in 2012 while on his brother’s stag party.

The quan­tity sur­veyor’s fam­ily have been frus­trated by a lack of progress in the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion with Craig’s death.

An­toinette and Craig’s dad Ian, 52, trav­elled to Spain and made a num­ber of ap­peals in their search for an­swers to their son’s death.

Mrs Mal­lon’s death was an­nounced by re­tired de­tec­tive Peter Swin­dle, who is help­ing the fam­ily to in­ves­ti­gate Craig’s case.

He said: “It is so sad that Craig’s mum An­toinette Mal­lon has passed away.

“Sur­rounded by her lov­ing hus­band Ian, her sis­ters and fam­ily, An­toinette passed away on Friday, April 6, af­ter a short ill­ness.

“Born on April 9, 1969, An­toinette would have been 49 on Mon­day.

“Ian Mal­lon and the fam­ily, who are grate­ful to the me­dia for the amaz­ing sup­port they have re­ceived and con­tinue to re­ceive re­gard­ing Craig’s un­re­solved murder, re­quest that their pri­vacy is re­spected in the forth­com­ing dif­fi­cult days ahead.

“On be­half of An­toinette’s fam­ily, thanks to ev­ery­one for your un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy.”

Trib­utes were paid to Mrs Mal­l­lon on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment.

Si­enna Louise wrote: “Heart­bro­ken for you all, an amaz­ing lady who wanted jus­tice for the murder of her son.

“RIP I hope you’re both to­gether and at peace now.”

Ryan Lavelle posted: “So sad. Rest in peace An­toinette. Re­united with Craig.”

Craig ’ s em­ployer, build­ing com­pany Laing O’Rourke, hired for­mer de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent Mr Swin­dle – who led the probe to bring Peter Tobin to jus­tice – to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

Last year he un­cov­ered CCTV footage of four French­men en­ter­ing the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion around 6.40am, a lit­tle more than 30 min­utes af­ter the killing. He be­lieves they are vi­tal to the in­quiry.

Images and video footage were posted on the Craig Mal­lon Ap­peal page on Face­book, with French and Span­ish trans­la­tions in an at­tempt to gather in­for­ma­tion.

At the time Mr Swin­dle said: “These are the four French peo­ple who hold the key to what hap­pened to Craig Mal­lon. They were at the scene when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. They had their car towed away from a street be­hind the place where Craig was killed: four French males, walk­ing through that scene when the in­ci­dent was started.

“It’s im­por­tant that we trace these peo­ple. I’m sure so­cial me­dia will drive this and we’ll even­tu­ally get there.”

Mr Swin­dle has crit­i­cised the Span­ish po­lice probe.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing claim there is not a clear clue to solv­ing the mys­tery. They say they can­not re­veal the de­tails of an open in­quiry.

Craig, who had been work­ing in Aus­tralia, had been in Lloret de Mar for just seven hours when he was as­saulted in the street near Rock­e­fellers night­club in an un­pro­voked at­tack.

Dev­as­tated An­toinette and Ian in Spain Killed Craig Mal­lon

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