Essex

Southend home for sale in bid to free son from Spanish jail

A couple from Essex are selling their home to fund the campaign to free their son from a jail in Spain.

Kyle Thain and his friend James Harris, both from Southend, have been in custody for 111 days without charge.

They are accused of attacking two men in a bar in Alicante in July, but both have protested their innocence and said they can prove they were elsewhere.

The families have already spent £25,000 in legal fees and on travelling to and from Spain each weekend.

The parents of Mr Thain said they had now had to put their three-bedroom semi-detached home in Southend on the market for £255,000 to raise the money needed to help their son.

'Special guy'

Mr Thain's mother Sharon Harris said: "It just escalates and we're putting it all on our [credit] cards.

Image caption Sharon Harris said selling her home in Southend was a difficult decision

"We're going to sell the house, we have to pay the cards off, we can't go on like this.

"We could have gone round the world on the money we have spent on it.

"It was a very hard decision, this isn't a big house, but we've worked on it and got it how we wanted.

"But Kyle is my son, a very special, kind and caring guy.

"He's totally innocent, it's against his nature to carry out such a crime, and we'll support him with everything we've got."

She said she had heard of a similar case which took two sets of parents 19 months and £150,000 to get their sons home.

"They will come out, they are innocent, but it's going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of hard cash," she added

Jago Russell from Fair Trials International, which supports people who are on trial overseas, said under the Spanish legal system people could be detained without charge for up to four years.

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