Jay Slater: British man who was at Airbnb with missing teen breaks his silence

The Airbnb near the village of Masca
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The British man linked to the Airbnb where the missing Jay Slater was last seen has finally spoken up, insisting that the 19-year-old left the premises alive.

Ayub Qassim, who is believed to have invited Jay back to the holiday let in the northern part of Tenerife, near the village of Masca, after a party on the southern side of the island, has come forward to address the swirling rumours about why Jay visited the apartment and his departure with a nearly dead phone and without any water.

Qassim, who is said to have booked the £40-per-night flat using the name Ayub Abdul, defended his actions in an interview with Mail Online. The 31 year old stated: "He came to my Airbnb alive and he left my Airbnb alive."

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It has been reported that Qassim served time nine years ago as the ringleader of an elaborate scheme to smuggle Class A drugs into Wales. Spanish authorities have already questioned him and the friend he was with, although local police have deemed them 'irrelevant' to their inquiries, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Now back at his family's home in East London, Qassim commented yesterday: "The only comment I have to make is that Jay came to the house alive, and he left the house alive."

"I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go, his friends had all left him. I know Jay, through friends, I'm not going to bring someone back to mine if I don't know them."

"I'm doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It's a bit mental. I haven't even done anything."

He added: "If I'd fallen out with him would he even come to mine?".

"There were no problems. You've seen the last images of him with his red blanket around him."

"I don't know if he had beef elsewhere because I don't know him that well, I only know him through friends."

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, vanished on the Spanish island on June 17. He was last spotted leaving the Airbnb at about 8am that day.

The lad, who was holidaying with mates Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had earlier been at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. He left the club to return to their rented digs.

His final known whereabouts was the Rural de Teno Park in the north of Tenerife a hefty 11-hour trek from where they were staying.

Around 8.30am on the day he vanished, Jay rang Lucy to tell her he was lost, trying to get home with no water and only 1 per cent battery left on his phone. That was the last anyone heard from him.

Yesterday, Mark Williams-Thomas, a former British police detective assisting Jay Slater's family in Tenerife, suggested that the teenager was 'scared' when he left the Airbnb and had allegedly 'taken a Rolex' before his disappearance.

The investigator stated: "We've received information that would suggest that Jay left the rental property feeling scared and he would not return to the rental, even though that would have been the most sensible course of action."

The ex-detective alleged that Jay had 'posted a Snapchat saying that he'd taken a £12,000 Rolex from a person'.

"We've been unable to validate this in terms of a reported theft", he mentioned in the video. "However, friends of Jay said he would not make this up and the watch was subject of later conversation between the friends."

Qassim told Mail Online that he hadn't spoken with the former detective and had only communicated with Spanish authorities. He stated: "I've spoken to the Spanish police and they've told me not to speak to anyone which is why I've been quiet."

"I've not spoken to Mark Williams-Thomas or anyone like him because he doesn't have any jurisdiction in Tenerife, and I haven't done anything wrong."

Asked about his acquaintance with Jay and his views on the conspiracy theories surrounding Jay's disappearance, Qassim remarked: "Everyone knows each other. I'm not going to slander anyone."

"He's a cool guy, Jay. He ain't got a problem with me, I haven't got a problem with him or his mates. We just all talk to each other and everything was sweet."

Following nearly two weeks of extensive searching in the challenging and vast terrain, authorities have suspended the ground search for the young lad. On June 30, they announced that while officers will still respond to any new leads or information received, the active search efforts for the missing apprentice bricklayer would be halted.