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Holidaymaker caged in Spain for eight nights after being mistaken for drugs kingpin

Written by on November 8, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: Daily Record

Holidaymaker caged in Spain for eight nights after being mistaken for drugs kingpin

Eddie Gossage, 68, was handcuffed in his hotel room before being hauled off to court.

Image: Chris Neill/Maverick Photography

A British holidaymaker has told how he was locked up in a Spanish jail for eight nights after being ­mistaken for a drugs kingpin.

Great-great-grandad Eddie Gossage, 68, was handcuffed in his hotel room before being hauled off to court then a prison by police who thought he was fugitive pusher Michael David Phillips.

His identity had been stolen by the 55-year-old crook and used as an alias.

Eddie was nabbed by border guards at Majorca’s Palma airport when he arrived with wife Brenda, 70.

After being quizzed for several minutes, the pair were allowed to continue to their hotel in Magaluf.

But next morning they were woken by police hammering on their door. Eddie said: “My wife opened it and there were three policemen there. They just said, ‘Get dressed’, and I was handcuffed.

“My wife was very upset, she was screaming and shouting. I was saying, ‘What is happening here?’”

Eddie was taken to a station where officers photographed and fingerprinted him and insisted he was

Phillips, who escaped from Hatfield jail, Yorkshire, in 2013.

He was taken to court the next morning and told he was on Interpol’s “most wanted” list. Eddie added: “I kept saying, ‘No, I’m Edward Gossage.’”

Despite his protests, he was sent to prison. He said: “There was an electronic fingerprint machine. I thought, ‘They’ve only got to email them [fingerprints] over there (the UK) and I’ll be out. It is just a massive mistake.” Eddie shared a cell the first night with a Ukranian, who spoke no English.

He was given an ID card which had his photo with the name Michael Phillips printed alongside. He added: “I said, ‘That’s my face, mate, but that’s not my name, I’m not signing that.’”

Image: Chris Neill/Maverick Photography

The jailer said: “In here, you’re Phillips.”

Distraught Brenda had contacted their daughters Amanda, 47, and 39-year-old Jenny, who flew out to
be with her.

The three women visited Eddie in prison but were not allowed to hug him as he was behind a glass partition.

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