A British family is said to receive counselling after a traumatic experience in their home. The couple and their son have been left traumatised after fighting off a burglar who then died in their villa on the Algarve in Portugal.
It is thought that the suspect was still alive when police first arrived on the scene after calls of panic were made by the man of the house. The police officials found the father and son grappling with the suspect whilst the lady of the house was in the garden.
It is said that the father, aged 60, was on top of the suspect whilst the son had his arm around the suspect’s neck. It is believed that the suspect had suffered from heart failure as the police officials went to handcuff him. The suspect was unable to be revived.
It is alleged Mrs Taylor, 59, had heard a noise in the house, went to investigate and found a man with family possessions in his hands including their car keys.
She screamed and then her husband and son came into the room and apprehended him before police arrived in the early hours of Sunday.
The father and son are believed to have sustained minor injuries and have been questioned by officers but not arrested.
However, if they want to leave the neighbourhood they have to inform the Portuguese authorities.
Now it is up to the public prosecutor to decide if legal action is brought.
A source said: "Police received a call around 4am on Sunday and when GNR officers arrived, found the wife waiting for them in the garden.
"The father was on top of the intruder when police went in and his son behind him with his arm round his neck. There had obviously been a struggle and the son was trying to restrain him while his dad tied his hands up.
"They said he was very strong and insisted on staying where they were until police cuffed the burglar.
"At that point they got up and moved away and that's when officers noticed the man was making strange movements.
"On closer examination they saw he was unconscious and didn't appear to be breathing. They tried to revive him but were unsuccessful."
It is understood the trio are "shocked and upset" and are receiving expert counselling after their ordeal.