This is the first picture of a suspected Brit killer who allegedly murdered his French partner hours before taking his own life on a Spanish motorway.
Firefighters had to cut private-school educated Caspar Veres out of the twisted metal of his vehicle before recovering Delphine Cochet’s body after he allegedly drove nearly two miles on the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into a HGV.
An autopsy later revealed former Leeds University student Caspar, 28, had lost his life in the horror crash but French-born Isabel, 41, had died several hours earlier after suffering a skull fracture and her body kept in their camper van.
The ex-pupil at prestigious St Albans School in Herts filmed himself singing ‘I’m starting to feel mean’ for a Spanish quarantine song he strummed on his guitar earlier this year.
And in March he posted a ‘Coping Calendar’ recommending 30 actions to ‘Keep calm, stay wise and be kind’ including one which said: “Take five minutes to sit still and breathe.”
Today it also emerged the music teacher drifter, described as “free spirited” by an anguished relative, was awaiting trial for assaulting two police officers around seven weeks before the September 25 smash.
Caspar, originally from Edgware, north London, allegedly went berserk at a Civil Guard station in the fishing village of Barbate near Cadiz on August 6 where road rage killer Kenneth Noye was arrested in August 1998 after more than two years on the run.
The officers spent several weeks off work because of their injuries.
Delphine claimed to police at the time Caspar, who allegedly turned up at the police station claiming someone was trying to kill him, had not been taking medication for mental health problems thought to include schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder.
Despite the potential danger he posed, he was released on bail after a court appearance while he awaited trial.
A source at the local Civil Guard association AUGC said officers felt “frustrated and outraged” to discover he had killed his companion after being released the way he was “without any security measures in place”.
Delphine has now been named as the 36th person killed in a domestic violence murder this year so far in Spain.
Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in relation with her death.
She had been on holiday in the Cadiz area in the run-up to the crash with Caspar, who described his job on Facebook as “delivering improvised minstrelsy across the lands” as head minstrel at Travelling minstrel.
The 43-year-old lorry driver injured in the smash on the A381 motorway near the southern Spanish town of Los Barrios when Caspar allegedly drove into him is still seriously hurt but is expected to pull through.
A well-placed source said: “Witnesses said the British man went for the lorry deliberately after it tried to dodge the camper van he was driving on the wrong side of the motorway.
“The position of the French woman’s body in the vehicle and the smell it was giving off gave rise to initial suspicions about how she had died.
“A subsequent post-mortem revealed she had suffered a skull fracture caused before the accident and been killed several hours earlier.
“The suspected killer will never face justice for his crime but police and the courts are treating this as a murder-suicide.”
A friend of musician Delphine said in a social media tribute: “It’s with immense sorrow that I have to let you this beautiful woman has left us for another journey.
“I just wish her wonderful musical notes embellish the symphony of the universe.”