Danniella Westbrook is reportedly set to stand trial for fraud in Spain, in claims surfacing hours after she was arrested and jailed for driving offences.
On Tuesday, it was revealed she was hauled to court and spent a night in a Costa del Sol police cell when she was arrested over a warrant issued for the offences.
Spanish police confirmed a 44-year-old Brit had been held at Malaga Airport on an outstanding warrant and taken to court on Tuesday morning after a night in a cell.
Tough times: Danniella Westbrook is reportedly set to stand trial for fraud in Spain, in claims surfacing hours after she was arrested and jailed for driving offences
Court officials said she had been informed she would have to stand trial in October for an alleged fraud offence before being released from custody.
No further information on exactly what she is alleged to have done wrong was made available, although a legal source described it as a ‘minor fraud offence.’
The crime she faces trial for is ‘estafa’ in Spanish – which is defined in English as criminal deception, fraud or dishonest dealing. MailOnline has contacted Danniella’s representatives for comment.
Daniella was arrested under her married name of Jenkins. She is thought to have been held when her name flagged up on a police database at passport control as she went to board a flight back to the UK late on Monday night.
Jailed: The crime she faces trial for is ‘estafa’ in Spanish – which is defined in English as criminal deception, fraud or dishonest dealing
The star is now planning to travel back to the UK next week following her unexpected brush with the law. She is said to be staying with friends in the Marbella area.
Her arrest on Monday night came just days after she was arrested in the UK over allegations of ‘malicious communications and witness intimidation.’ Police in Britain confirmed she is still under investigation.
Her representatives said after the latest arrest: ‘We can confirm our client Miss Westbrook was arrested by national police at Malaga airport on Monday night and detained for 14 hours in custody before being bailed by the court in Malaga.
‘We cannot at this time disclose any more information other than that she has been left feeling very scared. She’s tired and looking forward to returning back to the UK next week.’
Holidaying: The star is now planning to travel back to the UK next week following her unexpected brush with the law. She is said to be staying with friends in the Marbella area
She tweeted on Monday: ‘been robbed in gran can flown to Marbella and now had news that’s broken my heart…. tomorrows gonna be a better day … cos Monday’s for sure suck …. good night god bless everyone xxxx’
As she was consoled by friend Sinitta, Danniella replied that it had been ‘the worst 4 days of my life’.
Danniella – who was said to be taken to Malaga police station at 11:50pm and appeared in court at 11:45am Tuesday -has reportedly been given bail by the court, but must return to Malaga in October to answer the charge against her.
Bailed: Danniella – who was said to be taken to Malaga police station at 11:50pm and appeared in court at 11:45am Tuesday – has reportedly been given bail by the court
A source told The Sun Online: ‘Danniella was stopped by customs last night and then arrested. She was in shock and was really scared when she was led out of the airport in handcuffs.
‘Danniella hated every second of being in that cell alone – it was awful for her.
‘She’ll be coming back to the UK next week now and is holed up with her friends now who’re taking care of her.’
MailOnline has contacted Danniella’s representatives for comment.
Danniella’s latest woes come just days after she was arrested for witness intimidation.
Heartbroken: Following a night in prison, the former EastEnders star took to Twitter with tales of more woe as she claimed she had been ‘robbed’ and was ‘heartbroken’ by further news
The former soap star’s was pictured leaving Hertfordshire police station wearing a standard police tracksuit on Wednesday.
A police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘A 44-year-old woman, who was arrested by Hertfordshire Constabulary at a location in Essex at 2.05pm on Tuesday, April 10 in relation to allegations of malicious communications and witness intimidation, was released on bail yesterday (Wednesday, April 11) until May 6 pending further investigation.’
It was confirmed that the troubled star was wanted for questioning by police over claims of ‘intimidation and malicious communication’ after reportedly taking £10,000 from a former friend.
Now magazine previously claimed the actress was rendered homeless after being unable to afford a rental property on her own.
‘Danniella’s been forced out of her home. She was staying with a friend, but the rental home came to an end and now she can’t afford to rent by herself,’ a source told the publication.
‘She’s told friends she’s totally broke and is now back on benefits. If she is to get a place, she’ll have to get housing benefits.’
Supported: Danniella took to Twitter to share a picture with former Geordie Shore star Chantelle Connelly who she has been holidaying with