A CORONER recorded verdicts of unlawful killing on a couple kidnapped and murdered while house-hunting in Spain.
Linda O'Malley, 55, former manager of the TJ Hughes store in Ellesmere Port, and her husband Anthony, 42, were lured to a villa near Benidorm in September 2002 by two Venezuelan conmen.
They kept the couple locked in a room while systematically emptying their bank accounts, then murdered them and buried their bodies beneath the cellar.
Jorge Real Sierra and his brother-in-law, Juan Antonio Velazquez Gonzalez, were jailed in May for more than 50 years each by a Spanish court.
Mr and Mrs O'Malley were originally from Widnes and Liverpool but lived in Llangollen, North Wales, at the time of their deaths.
John Hughes, coroner for North East Wales, held an inquest in Flint and returned verdicts of unlawful death.
He read a report from Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers, who said that both Mr and Mrs O'Malley died of asphyxiation.
The Spanish post mortem had claimed that Mrs O'Malley died of a heart attack, although the court convicted both men of murder.
Mr O'Malley's brother, Bernard O'Malley, said afterwards the differing post-mortem conclusions did not cause him concern.
He said: 'Nothing has come out today that we didn't already know, and we weren't expecting anything to.'