British music teacher ‘beat French girlfriend to death before killing himself in head-on crash’ in Spain after posting about struggling with lockdown
- Caspar Veres died after driving his camper van the wrong way down a motorway
- The body of his girlfriend Delphine Cochet was also recovered from the vehicle
- But an autopsy showed she had actually died hours earlier after a skull fracture
- Veres had posted about mental health during the coronavirus-related lockdown
A British music teacher allegedly killed his French partner before taking his own life on a Spanish motorway after posting about his struggles during lockdown.
Caspar Veres died after driving nearly two miles on the wrong side of the highway and smashing head-on into an HGV, before firefighters cut his body out of the twisted metal and recovered the body of Delphine Cochet in the camper van.
An autopsy later revealed that former Leeds University student Caspar, 28, had died in the horror crash but French-born Delphine, 41, had died several hours earlier after suffering a skull fracture.
Veres, a former pupil at the prestigious St Albans School, had filmed himself singing ‘I’m starting to feel mean’ for a Spanish quarantine song he strummed on his guitar earlier this year.
British music teacher Caspar Veres (right) died after smashing head-on into an HGV in Spain, before firefighters recovered the body of his partner Delphine Cochet (left)
The Briton died instantly in the crash (pictured) last Friday afternoon on the A381 motorway close to the town of Los Barrios near Gibraltar
And in March he posted a ‘Coping Calendar’ recommending 30 actions to ‘Keep calm, stay wise and be kind’, including one which said: ‘Take five minutes to sit still and breathe.’
Today it also emerged that the music teacher, described as ‘free spirited’ by an anguished relative, was awaiting trial for assaulting two police officers around seven weeks before the September 25 smash.
Caspar, originally from Edgware, north London, allegedly went berserk at a Civil Guard station in the fishing village of Barbate near Cadiz on August 6.
The officers spent several weeks off work because of their injuries.
Delphine told cops at the time that Caspar, who turned up at the police station claiming someone was trying to kill him, had not been taking medication for mental health problems thought to include schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder.
Despite the obvious risks he posed, he was released on bail after a court appearance while he awaited trial.
A source at the local Civil Guard association AUGC said officers felt ‘frustrated and outraged’ to discover he had killed his companion after being released the way he was ‘without any security measures in place.’
Delphine has now been named as the 36th person killed in a domestic violence murder this year so far in Spain.
Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death.
Veres had filmed himself singing ‘I’m starting to feel mean’ for a Spanish quarantine song he strummed on his guitar earlier this year
Delphine had been on holiday in the Cadiz area in the run-up to the crash with Caspar, who described his job on as ‘delivering improvised minstrelsy across the lands’.
The 43-year-old lorry driver injured in the suicide smash when Caspar drove into him near Los Barrios is still in a serious condition but is expected to pull through.
A well-placed source said: ‘Witnesses said the British man went for the lorry deliberately after it tried to dodge the camper van he was driving on the wrong side of the motorway.
‘The position of the French woman’s body in the vehicle and the smell it was giving off gave rise to initial suspicions about how she had died.
‘A subsequent post-mortem revealed she had suffered a skull fracture caused before the accident and been killed several hours earlier.
‘The suspected killer will never face justice for his crime but police and the courts are treating this as a murder-suicide.’
A friend of musician Delphine said in a social media tribute: ‘It’s with immense sorrow that I have to let you know this beautiful woman has left us for another journey.
‘I just wish her wonderful musical notes embellish the symphony of the universe.’
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