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British businessman is critically injured in fall from first-floor Majorca apartment


A British businessman is said to be critically injured in hospital after a fall from a Majorca apartment after police were called there over a suspected domestic row.

Carl Gary Whiteley, 39, originally from Crowle, north Lincolnshire, suffered severe head injuries after falling from a first floor balcony on Tuesday night.

Mr Whiteley is a filmmaker who wrote the script for Star Wars spoof The Empire and organised a major Harry Potter convention in Manchester. Locals in Majorca describe him as ‘very well known and friends with actors and celebrities’.

He has posted several recent photos on social media showing him alongside Hollywood stars including Johnny Depp and Sylvester Stallone. 

He was admitted to Majorca’s Son Espases Hospital late on Tuesday night after the accident at a flat in Palma’s old town. 

Carl Gary Whiteley, 39, originally from Crowle, north Lincolnshire (pictured left alongside Sylvester Stallone), suffered severe head injuries after falling from a first floor balcony

Mr Whiteley's partner said neighbours called police because they were having a loud argument, before he climbed out on to the balcony and fell

Mr Whiteley's partner said neighbours called police because they were having a loud argument, before he climbed out on to the balcony and fell

Mr Whiteley’s partner said neighbours called police because they were having a loud argument, before he climbed out on to the balcony and fell

Mr Whiteley suffered severe head injuries before being was transferred to Son Espases Hospital where he remained on Thursday

Mr Whiteley suffered severe head injuries before being was transferred to Son Espases Hospital where he remained on Thursday

Mr Whiteley suffered severe head injuries before being was transferred to Son Espases Hospital where he remained on Thursday

Police had been called to the property by worried neighbours moments before Mr Whiteley fell from the first floor.

Local reports said he plunged and hit his head after ‘trying to flee’ officers as they reached the scene, around 11pm on Tuesday.

He was stabilised at the scene after being diagnosed with a severe head injury before being rushed to Son Espases where he remained in intensive care on Thursday morning.

Respected local paper Ultima Hora  quoted his partner, who is also understood to be British, denying suggestions she had been the victim of domestic violence.

She said: ‘He had been out for some drinks and when he returned I told him to sleep on the sofa because we were rowing.

‘It’s true there was some shouting but the neighbours misinterpreted the situation.

‘He didn’t touch me. It’s just that it’s a small apartment and you can hear everything and the neighbours were alarmed.’

Trying to explain the seconds before the accident, when the Brit is believed to have tried to climb over a balcony as police reached the scene, she told the paper: ‘I don’t know what he wanted to do, I don’t understand it.

‘I heard the window of the balcony being opened and then a loud blow in the street and a yell. When I looked out he was on the ground. The police had still not arrived.’

Mr Whiteley is a filmmaker who wrote the script for Star Wars spoof The Empire and has been pictured alongside the likes of Alice Cooper (centre) and Johnny Depp (far right)

Mr Whiteley is a filmmaker who wrote the script for Star Wars spoof The Empire and has been pictured alongside the likes of Alice Cooper (centre) and Johnny Depp (far right)

Mr Whiteley is a filmmaker who wrote the script for Star Wars spoof The Empire and has been pictured alongside the likes of Alice Cooper (centre) and Johnny Depp (far right)

Local media reported that Mr Whiteley was trying to flee police when he slipped, though his partner denied allegations that he had been physically abusive 

Local media reported that Mr Whiteley was trying to flee police when he slipped, though his partner denied allegations that he had been physically abusive 

Local media reported that Mr Whiteley was trying to flee police when he slipped, though his partner denied allegations that he had been physically abusive 

Mr Whiteley's sister Emma has launched an online fundraising appeal, saying he is in an induced coma in hospital

Mr Whiteley's sister Emma has launched an online fundraising appeal, saying he is in an induced coma in hospital

Mr Whiteley’s sister Emma has launched an online fundraising appeal, saying he is in an induced coma in hospital

Mr Whiteley is linked to several companies in the UK, where he is listed as a producer, director or CEO, although he has resigned from some positions. 

He describes himself on social media as owner of DiagCon, owner at moviESCAPE and director of Pandora Movie.

In 2013 Mr Whiteley made the headlines after announcing he was ‘selling a planet to fund a £1.5 million sci-fi film project.

He listed the planet, HD 189733b, on eBay.

The online auction listing  stated the condition of the planet as ‘uninhabited and never used’ and has a starting price of £600.  

Carl’s sister Emma has launched an online fundraising appeal.

She said: ‘My brother is in Spain, we are in England. We need help to get all of our family over to our brother Carl Whiteley.

‘He’s had a terrible accident and is in critical condition. The hospital have him in a induced coma. Our brother is amazing and I know he’s helped a lot of people and a lot of charities. Any donations are greatly received.’

By midday yesterday/on Thursday well-wishers had donated nearly £500 towards Emma’s £10,000 goal.

Police on the island could not be reached early Thursday morning to comment on the incident.

No-one was immediately available at Son Espases.



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