The family of late Premier League footballer Jlloyd Samuel have made a shocking claim that his wife ‘faked’ his death in a car crash to cash in on an insurance fraud.
The former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender died in May 2018 when his £100,000 Ranger Rover was involved in a collision with a van in Cheshire, but his sister Leslie-Ann believes he is still alive.
According to The Sun, Samuel’s family will raise their concerns at an inquest into his death which is due to open on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
The report also clamied that Samuel’s family have complained that the coroner and Cheshire Police refused to allow the family to carry out their own DNA tests on remains found in the incinerated car.
Leslie-Ann Samuel, 39, posted a picture of a letter from the coroner’s office which explained that her brother was identified from dental records and radiographs carried out at Warrington hospital two days after the crash. But they believe that Samuel wasn’t at the wheel when he crashed into the van on a country road in High Legh when returning home after dropping his kids off at school.
She has since maintained that her brother is alive on several social media posts.
She wrote in two different posts: ‘Jlloyd we WILL see you soon, in this life’ and ‘Jlloyd brother we know you are ALIVE and well and we know the DNA the pathologist have is not your DNA… 100%… Lies.’
A spokesman for Cheshire Police confirmed they had received a complaint from a member of the Samuel family regarding the inquest into his death.
They said: ‘Her complaint was investigated thoroughly by senior officers who ruled that the investigation into Mr Samuel’s death was proportionate, timely and of the standard required.
‘These conclusions were verified in a peer review by an independent police force. As such, the complaint was not upheld.
‘The family member has been informed of this and of the conclusions reached following the investigation into her complaint.
‘She was given a 28-day period in which they could appeal the decision, but no appeal was received.’
Jlloyd Samuel who played for Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers is survived by his wife Emma, an interior designer and three children.