Man accused of murdering his mother 19 years ago is found dead in Spain after taking his own life 

Man, 38, who went on the run before he was due to stand trial for a SECOND time over murder of his mother 19 years ago is found dead in Spain after taking his own life

  • Sean Flynn, 38, was due to stand trial at the High Court in Livingston, Scotland
  • A warrant for his arrest was issued on Tuesday, a court official confirmed
  • Louise Tiffney disappeared after leaving home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in 2002 


A man who failed to appear in court after being charged with the murder of his mother 19 years ago has been found dead in Spain after taking his own life, his solicitor has said.   

Sean Flynn, 37, was due to stand trial at the High Court in Livingston accused of murdering Louise Tiffney but he failed to appear.

A warrant for his arrest was issued on Tuesday, a court official confirmed.

Ms Tiffney, 43, disappeared after leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in May 2002.

Her remains were found near a stately home in Longniddry, East Lothian, in April 2017.

It is alleged that Flynn murdered his mother and attempted to defeat the ends of justice by putting her body in the boot of a car, driving to a wooded area and disposing of it.

Flynn was initially cleared of his mother’s murder following a trial in 2005, having denied the charge against him.

Prosecutors applied for permission for a retrial under double jeopardy legislation, which came into force in 2011 and allows a person to be retried for a crime for which they were previously acquitted.

Sean Flynn was accused of the murder of his mother Louise Tiffney

A man who failed to appear in court after being charged with the murder of his mother 19 years ago has been found dead in Spain after taking his own life, his solicitor has said. Sean Flynn, 37, was due to stand trial at the High Court in Livingston accused of murdering Louise Tiffney but he failed to appear 

At a previous hearing in January, his lawyer said Flynn denied the charges.

The 38-year-old, whose address was given as Berlin in Germany, did not attend that hearing at the High Court in Glasgow due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

In a statement, his solicitor Aamer Anwar said: ‘I can confirm that this morning we were advised that Sean Flynn, aged 37, who failed to appear for trial for the murder of his mother, Louise Tiffney 19 years ago, was according to the police found dead in Spain, after taking his own life.’

He added: ‘Until recently Mr Flynn had resided in Berlin.

‘Any loss of life is a tragedy, Sean Flynn’s next of kin has been informed and there will be no further comment.’  

Flynn had also been charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice by putting his mother’s body in the boot of a car, driving to a wooded area and disposing of it    

Ms Tiffney, 43, disappeared after leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in May 2002. Her remains were found near stately home Gosford House in Longniddry, East Lothian, in April 2017.  Above: Police near the scene of the discovery

Ms Tiffney, 43, disappeared after leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in May 2002. Her remains were found near stately home Gosford House in Longniddry, East Lothian, in April 2017.  Above: Police near the scene of the discovery

Judges had quashed the previous verdict and authorised a fresh prosecution.

A Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) spokesman said: ‘COPFS are aware of the reports concerning the death of Sean Flynn and are awaiting official confirmation from the Spanish authorities.’

Ms Tiffney’s remains were found by a cyclist near the entrance to Gosford House, in Longniddry, East Lothian, in 2017. 

At the time, police said Flynn was ‘not of any interest’ to his mother’s murder inquiry.   



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