Shot ex-haulage boss to return home

A SUFFOLK businessman shot by gun-toting raiders in his £1million Spanish villa is today preparing to return to the UK.Brian Cowan, formerly of Nacton, suffered life-threatening injuries when a gang of armed intruders burst into his lavish home, in Alhaurin el Grande, Costa del Sol.

A SUFFOLK businessman shot by gun-toting raiders in his £1million Spanish villa is today preparing to return to the UK.

Brian Cowan, formerly of Nacton, suffered life-threatening injuries when a gang of armed intruders burst into his lavish home, in Alhaurin el Grande, Costa del Sol.

The 61-year-old ex-haulage boss was shot three times at point blank range on July 13, leaving him in a critical condition.

He has since made good progress and now his wife, Linda, is hoping to fly him home.

She said: "The doctor broached the subject on Saturday and since then I've been looking into how it could be done.

"I'm not sure how quickly we'll be able to do it but it would take the pressure off me because we would have our friends and family around us.

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"I've got a friend staying with me at the moment and she's said she'll stay as long as it takes but it's not the same as having everybody around."

Mrs Cowan, 56, who is planning to live in the Saxmundham area on her return, hopes the move will boost her husband's recovery.

He has been able to communicate with his wife through gesturing but has only been able to talk sporadically.

She said: "I could speak to him the other day but the last two or three days he hasn't been wonderful.

"The doctors don't know whether it's the drugs or the trauma but he's not been good mentally.

"It's difficult not being able to speak the language and it's not helping him get better. Because of the language problem he's just been laying there.

"If it had been a case of a week or two we would've been able to cope with it but we don't know how long he's going to be in hospital for."

Mrs Cowan, who has been visiting Brian twice a day, admitted the month since the horrific attack had been a very difficult time.

She said: "I keep going because I have to."

Brian, who has lost a kidney and undergone a tracheotomy, celebrated his 61st birthday at a Malaga hospital on Sunday.

Police in Malaga are still hunting his attackers. An eastern European gang suspected of carrying out the attacks has been questioned in relation to the matter.

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