No answers in the case of Portchester man found dead in Malaga

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MYSTERY surrounds the death of a Portchester man found in Spanish water.

Anthony Read, 33, had moved to Manilva, in Malaga, Spain, to start a new job.

But last March Spanish authorities found his body floating in a port near the town Puerto de la Duquesa.

An inquest was held this morning in Portsmouth to determine the cause of his death.

The coroner heard how Mr Read, a financial controller, had been out drinking with friends on March 18.

He had got a taxi at 5am and was taken to a friend’s apartment where he had been planning to stay.

Speaking at the inquest, Mr Read’s mother Jacqueline Jenkins, of Portsmouth, said: ‘His friend said he got into a taxi from the port to come back to his house.

‘He got to the security and there was a conversation between the taxi driver and security guard.

‘The driver then took Anthony back to the port, for what reason we don’t really know.

‘We can only guess that he wanted to get Anthony to withdraw Euros from a cash machine.

‘He took him back (to the port) and dropped him off.’

Anthony’s body was found fully clothed floating in the marina at 9am the next day.

His body had no signs of violence and he had been carrying his wallet, drivers licence, bank cards, a phone and both cash in Euros and Sterling.

An autopsy said Mr Read had died as a result of drowning.

But David Horsley, coroner for South-East Hampshire, said lack of evidence to say how Mr Read entered the water, meant he could not determine the cause of death.

He said: ‘I don’t think he (Mr Read) had been a subject of robbery.

‘We just don’t know. What I think I can say is that he didn’t deliberately jump in.

‘He didn’t have any problems so we can rule that one out.

‘But was he pushed or fallen? He may have fallen after being pursued by someone.

‘Because of the lack of evidence I have to record an open verdict.

‘I’m so sorry we don’t have any answers.

‘What a terrible shock and such an awful mystery.’

Ms Jenkins paid tribute to her son and said: ‘He had such wonderful friends and such a good life.

‘He was happy and was having a good time.’