another huge earthquake is set to hit the Costa del Sol .

another huge earthquake is set to hit the Costa del Sol .property prices plummet to a third of original price

incredible Mansion apartments have come up for sale at San Roque golf resort.

The properties – that measure nearly 400m² in total size each – are up for sale at less than a third of their original price.

It comes after rumours rocked the coast that another big quake similar to the one on Monday morning would cause considerably more destruction.

Tremors have continued to rumble along the coast following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that centered 132km from Malaga in the Alboran Sea at 5.22am.

So far, more than 160 aftershocks have been recorded in Malaga since Monday’s quake, leading to expats along the coast to fear another big quake like the one in the city of Lorca, in Murcia in 2011.

Nigel Goldman: Justice at last

Nigel Goldman: Justice at last

GUILTY: Goldman
GUILTY: Goldman

CONVICTED pathological fraudster Nigel Goldman, who changed his name to Howard del Monte by deed poll, must be regretting the day he decided to pack his bags and return to England.

In record-breaking time – by Spanish standards – he has been arrested, tried and found guilty on two counts of fraud.

Goldman, who was arrested at his home in Berkshire on May 24, is due to be sentenced next month at Reading Crown Court.

Goldman also faces prosecution in Spain, but the pace of a case through the Spanish courts is a fair bit slower than that in the UK.

Two Spanish criminal cases were opened in January 2014, in which he is accused of running a Ponzi scheme worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

One was dismissed on the grounds that it appeared to be more of a ‘civil’ dispute, but that decision later reversed on appeal.

More embarrassingly, the second case has been travelling from court to court looking for a suitable jurisdiction. It passed from Marbella to Barcelona, from where it was dispatched to Fuengirola, as Goldman had an account there.

Goldman has not been summoned to attend a Police Station of Court, lawyers have not been asked to provide an address for him and the police in Marbella, where the alleged fraud was initially reported, are waiting for an order from whichever court finds the time and interest to deal with the case.

If the “Vinaros” (Castellon province) swindle case is anything to go by, Goldman could be sitting in the dock in 2041: two grey-haired pensioners have just been tried for an alleged real estate fraud that took place in 1989.

For its part, Anthony Muldoon was found guilty of a timeshare scam 10 years after the case started in a case involving hundreds of victims. On average though, five years seems realistic for an open and shut case such as Goldman’s.

Goldman could be imprisoned in the UK following which, he could end up serving time at Alhaurin prison. When that will happen is anyone’s guess but every effort is being made to speed up the ‘investigation’ phase and transfer the case to a criminal judge, or the Court of Appeal, where the possible sentence exceeds five years.

Antonio Flores (Columnist)

Lawyer Antonio Flores is the legal columnist for the Olive Press. Antonio has been practising law since 1997, year in which he began working for a large law firm in Marbella as a Property Lawyer. In 1998 he left the company he had joined a few months earlier, and used his knowledge and the experience gained to build his own practice. He is known throughout the community as independent, reputable and trustworthy. Through a combination of strong work ethics, determination and international exposure, his competence of Spanish Law is unparalleled and demonstrated through his fluency in English and Spanish.

Hundreds of tourists left with nowhere to stay in Marbella after Rainbow Villas’ sudden collapse

MORE than a 100 Marbella-bound tourists have been left in the lurch after holiday company Rainbow Villas suddenly ‘ceased trading’. 

One group of 20, from Manchester, had booked Villa Blue through website Owners Direct for friend Victoria Edwards’ hen do.

They paid €4,400 and are due to fly out to Spain on Friday morning, but received a shocking email from Rainbow Villas on Sunday to say it has ceased trading – and that the villa is not available.

They are now desperately searching for rainbowvillasemailalternative accommodation, and have not yet received a refund.

While it appears several other groups were also booked into Rainbow Villas’ properties and, in more than one instance, over the same June weekends.

A Facebook group for victims of Rainbow Villas collapse now has almost 250 members.

One member, Gemma Axell, was five minutes from Gatwick airport last week when she saw an email telling her the villa had been cancelled and not to travel to Marbella.

“Devastated was an understatement, I took the costume off and sobbed as the reality sunk in that we had nowhere to stay and had lost £4350 (€6,000) on a villa,” she posted in the group.

Rainbow Villas, owned by Mark and Michelle Stafford, sent the same email to their clients, instructing them to contact their travel insurance to claim for the lost money.

If you have any information on Rainbow Villas, please contact newsdesk@theolivepress.es or call 0034 951 273 575