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Man who let Jay Slater stay at Airbnb breaks silence saying he ‘left alive’

Man who let Jay Slater stay at Airbnb breaks silence saying he ‘left alive’

A man who let Jay Slater stay at his Airbnb the night before the teenager vanished without a trace has broken his silence over his role in the saga. Ayub Qassim insisted the 19-year-old left his property alive, before disappearing into the mountainous terrain of the north-west of the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The 31-year-old, who is believed to have invited Jay back to the holiday apartment after going to a rave in the south of the island, said: “He came to my Airbnb alive and he left my Airbnb alive.”




Qassim had booked the Airbnb under the name Ayub Abdul and, along with another man, had already spoken to Spanish police as part of their missing persons investigation.

The couple are believed to have remained in Tenerife for an extra day after Jay disappeared to speak to police, who had previously said they were “irrelevant” to the investigation.

According to The Mirror, Qassim told MailOnline: “I let the old man stay at my house because he had nowhere else to go, all his friends had abandoned him. I know Jay through friends.”

“I’m not bringing anyone home if I don’t know them. I’m doing the old man a favor and now my face is all over the news. It’s kind of crazy. I haven’t even done anything.”

Mr Qassim, who has returned to his home in Barking, east London, denied having an argument with Jay, who has not been heard from for more than two weeks.