Son of resort boss ‘drove newlyweds’

Emma Oldfield & Jonathan Gray
Emma Oldfield & Jonathan Gray

POLICE in the Maldives have identified the driver of the quad bike that killed Halifax honeymooners Jonathan and Emma Gray.

He has been named as Swedish national Filip Eugen Petre, 23, who is the son of a shareholder of the company which operates the Kuredu Island Resort where the 25-year-old couple tragically died last weekend.

Police said he was employed by the company as a guest relations officer trainee.

He is understood to be still in hospital receiving treatment for injuries.

The Grays, of Heath Lea, Halifax, had been passengers on the quad bike – identified as a King Quad 700 by police – when it crashed into a tree at 4am on Saturday, Maldives time.

They had only married a week earlier at St Bartholomew’s Church in Ripponden and leave behind a six-month-old baby boy Jake.

In a statement released today, a spokesman for the Maldives police said: “Investigation into the incident has so far revealed that the accident occurred while the three were riding a four-wheel vehicle – a King Quad 700 – and crashed into a tree in the middle of the path.

“Upon hearing of the accident the island doctor went to the scene of the accident and attempted to treat the victims, but told police that there was no sign of life from the two English tourists.”

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, joined the many paying tribute to the much-loved couple.

Heartfelt comments have been posted on the Courier website from friends and strangers touched by the tragic news.

One commentor wrote: “Emma was a lovely teacher and taught my son for two years.

“He was devastated when she went on maternity leave last year.

“Words can’t say how upset he is now.

“I am not exaggerating to say that she was one of the best teachers any of my three children had.

“A huge miss.

“My thoughts with her family and those of her husband’s. RIP.”

Another read: “My heartfelt sympathies to their families. What a tragic waste of two lovely young lives. RIP x”.

And: “This is the kind of tragedy that puts small problems into perspective. Very sad.”

l To leave your tributes to Emma and Jonathan, email newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk and we will publish them on the Courier website.