A SPANISH cop told a court yesterday he was convinced one of the alleged O'Malley murderers was going to shoot him.
The officer, who was not named in court, described how Venezuelan Jorge Real Sierra reached for a bag containing a pistol as they arrested him.
He told a panel of three judges at the Palace of Justice in Alicante, Costa Blanca, how they had to act fast. Real also said: "I just want to talk to your boss," said the witness..
The officer was giving evidence on the second day of the trial of Real, 56, and his brother-in-law, Juan Antonio Velazquez Gonzalez, 40. They deny the murders of Linda O'Malley, 55, and her husband Anthony, 43, from Llangollen.
The couple were on a house-hunting holiday in September,
2002. It is alleged the two men posed as vendors of a villa in Alcoy, near Benidorm, which the O'Malleys were interested in buying.
They kidnapped the couple and kept them bound and gagged in the property cellar for days, it is alleged, before taking Mr O'Malley, 42, to Benidorm, and forcing him to remove thousands of pounds from his bank account.
When they returned, it is claimed they asphyxiated him with a plastic bag while Mrs O'Malley, 55, died from shock.
Their bodies were discovered under the cellar of the villa six months later, in March 2003.
The men are alleged to have taken 28,000 euros (£19,000) of the O'Malleys' money..
In court relatives of the O'Malleys sat just feet away from Real, a bulky, balding man in an ill-fitting grey suit, and his co-accused Velazquez, alongside him in a red shirt and jeans.
The trial has heard Spanish police, who initially treated the case as a missing persons inquiry, only traced Real and Velazquez after the older man tried to extort more cash from the O'Malleys' relatives, by offering his services as a hostage negotiator.
The pair were arrested within minutes of each other six months later after police tracked them down to Valencia.
Velazquez was described as looking surprised when he was captured driving the missing blue Fiat Stilo hired by the O'Malleys, which was fitted with false number plates.
Soon afterwards Real was arrested in his car and appeared to reach for a gun as he was surrounded by four officers. When the bag was opened police found a pistol, a false police badge, documents and other items, said the officer.
He was one of six policemen who gave evidence of the arrest on the morning of March 25,
2003. A detective, who was also not named, said the two were traced to the apartment after British police received an email from a man offering to act as a go-between with kidnappers holding the O'Malleys.
The trial continues today.