Cover-Up, Rich British woman probably killed by Police in Dom Rep
The daughter of a millionaire strip club owner battered to death in the Caribbean has today accused the authorities of ‘corruption and cover up’, revealing they even sent the wrong body back to the UK.
Denise D’Courtenay, 60, had been missing for more than a week before her decomposing body was discovered in bushes on a beach on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
She was last seen leaving her hotel with a man and a post-mortem carried out on the Caribbean island said she had been battered to death.
Her devastated daughter Naomi Robinson cried as she told an inquest how her mum’s alleged murderer, ex-military policeman Hector Amauris de la Cruz, never stood trial and was freed after just a year on remand.
Southwark Coroners’ Court heard how, in a string of blunders, Dominican Republic police and authorities were not cooperative following the death of former model Ms D’Courtenay on July 26, 2010. And they even sent the wrong body back to the UK.
Officials also removed organs from Ms D’Courtenay and embalmed the body so a cause of death could not be ascertained by British pathologists.
Ms Robinson said: ‘The Dominican Republic and embassy haven’t really been cooperative – there was a lot of corruption and cover up.
‘The man who killed her served a year on remand and now is a free man. He was never convicted of killing my mum, he never stood trial.
‘In the Dominican Republic, you serve time on remand and then pay to be free. He was an ex-military policeman and no one else was charged.’
Ms D’Courtenay, who ran the South London strip club Queen Anne in Vauxhall for 30 years, had been visiting the Dominican Republic for the last 20 years.
She had been staying at the Casa Marina Reef hotel in Sosua when she vanished during her two week trip on the Caribbean island.
Her body was discovered decomposed nine days later next to a penknife in some bushes on a beach by locals.
And her family’s turmoil was exaggerated further when officials sent the wrong body back to the UK.
Ms Robinson said: ‘Me and my family were advised not to go over to the Dominican Republic.
‘They sent the wrong body first of all… I wanted to go over and fly back with her but I was told not to travel out there because of the corruption.
‘I didn’t know anything about her having a relationship and she hadn’t said anything about the policeman.’
A post-mortem carried out in the Dominican Republic revealed Ms D’Courtenay received a blunt trauma to the face and neck.
However, when a British autopsy was carried out, it was impossible to find a cause of death as the body had been embalmed and organs removed.
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