New information has come to light following the death of a British tourist, aged 40, who had allegedly been beaten to death by the jealous husband of the woman he was having an affair with, according to reports in the Greek media.

Thanos Ambatzis, the defence lawyer of the Ithacan husband, 54, who was arrested by police following the death of the tourist, states that the Brit had been alive for many hours after the attack. An empty bottle of cognac had been found beside him.

The coroner’s report is expected to shed further light on the incident in order to find out whether the death was the result of the injuries or due to some other reasons.

The husband was released.

The British man was reportedly kicked and punched in the head and body at the Familia Hotel room at Vathy where he was found dead, reports InKefalonia.

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The husband had been estranged from his wife, who holds a South African passport. He was aware that his wife, 42, was having an affair and reports state that he had not reacted to the affair but to the lover’s threats that he would take their 8-year-old daughter to England.

The husband has expressed his remorse following the death of the British man, who arrived on the island on Thursday.

The estranged wife is believed to have been present during the assault but left, apparently not realising the seriousness of the injuries.

The couple had numerous marital problems in the time preceding the affair and were reportedly embroiled in a dispute over who would take custody of the child.