British couple living their expat dream in Cyprus found dead

Published:  16 Dec at 6 PM
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Kenneth Lincoln and his wife Linda, both long-term British expat residents in Cyprus, were found unconscious in their gas-filled apartment after Linda failed to turn up to her job.

After emigrating to the holiday island in 2005, the couple were living their dream of retiring to a stress-free location and simply enjoying life in Kapparis, but the dream turned into a nightmare when an undisclosed fault in their gas heater supply killed them both. They were discovered sitting unconscious on their sofa by a friend who’d called after Linda failed to show up for work at a local private school.

Linda’s colleague had called the police after seeing condensation on the apartment’s windows and, on entering the room and seeing the couple unconscious on the sofa, he smelt gas in the air. After turning off the supply to the gas heater from its cylinder outside, he called local medical services but, tragically, his action was too late to save the couple’s lives.

A post-mortem carried out in the UK noted neither Kenneth nor Linda had any injuries, citing the cause of death as carbon monoxide poisoning but recording an open verdict. Cypriot investigators had examined the gas heater and cylinder, but could find no reason why gas should have escaped, killing the couple and leading to the inquest’s cause of death being listed as an open conclusion.

The coroner stated she was certain a double suicide wasn't an issue adding there was obviously no third party involvement as the couple were seen to be enjoying their lives and Linda was happy in her job. Relatives of the pair were told by the coroner she could not determine how they were poisoned by the gas, but gave her condolences and added the deaths were horrible as the couple were living their dream on the island. The relatives gave no comments after the inquest concluded.

Faulty gas cylinders are known to have been responsible for untold numbers of deaths across the world, with a new law in the UAE now prohibiting their use or installation in all new buildings in the Gulf states. The director of the school where Linda worked told local media her ‘kind and loving spirit’ would be sadly missed by pupils and teachers alike.
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