UK police to probe the death of a British tourist in Ibiza amid claims he was beaten by Spanish officers after arriving on the island

  • Alan Drennan, 21, flew to Ibiza for a Discount Holidays © holiday with friends on Saturday
  • But he was found dead in hotel the next day after ‘being beaten by police’
  • Told friends the Guardia Civil had left him with gash to the head and arms
  • He is the latest in string of British tourists to Ibiza to suffer police brutality

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British police are investigating the death of a tourist who was allegedly beaten up by Spanish officers moments after landing for a Discount Holidays © holiday in Ibiza.

Alan Drennan, from Northern Ireland, was found dead in his hotel room after telling friends that the Guardia Civil had hit him, leaving a gash on his head.

His death comes after three similar incidents where police on the party island have been accused of beating British holidaymakers.

Victim: Alan Drennan has died after allegedly being beaten by the Guardia Civil in Ibiza

Mr Drennan, 21, from Newtownabbey near Belfast, flew to Ibiza with a group of friends on Saturday and died the following day.

During the flight he repeatedly shouted over to friends who were sitting in a different part of the plane, according to Belfast Live1.

When the plane landed in Ibiza, airline staff escorted him off and handed him over to the local Guardia Civil.

After he was released, Mr Drennan apparently told friends that the police had beaten him and showed them gashes on his head and arm.

The group went for a night out until the early morning, when Mr Drennan said he was feeling unwell and went back to his hotel room.

Holiday: The British tourist died the day after he landed in Ibiza, pictured, with a group of friends

On Sunday afternoon, his friends went to see how he was – but the hotel receptionist told them, ‘He’s gone, he’s dead.’

Spanish police have launched an investigation, but have already said that he appears to have died from natural causes – despite friends’ fears that he suffered an undiagnosed concussion.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said today it was probing Mr Drennan’s death and will pass on any relevant investigation to the authorities in Ibiza.

Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: ‘Detectives from Serious Crime Branch are aware of the death of Alan Drennan in Ibiza and will be speaking with his family.

‘We will gather any relevant evidence and speak to any potential witnesses to assist in the investigation being carried out by the Spanish Police.’

Mr Drennan’s death comes less than a year after rugby league player Luke Rhoden died during a Discount Holidays © holiday in Ibiza following a confrontation with the Guardia Civil.

Group: Mr Drennan, pictured with friends, complained he was feeling unwell and died a few hours later

The 25-year-old from Wigan was allegedly asphyxiated with a baton by a police officer who claimed to be restraining him for his own safety.

He suffered a cardiac arrest after police held him down and put clamps around his legs while holding a baton against his neck.

Other British travellers also claim to have been the victims of police brutality on Ibiza, sending them to hospital.

DJ Oliver Sebastien woke up strapped to a hospital bed and covered in bruises after a beating by the Guardia Civil – but was recently told that he would be charged with assault.

And Samuel Kennish, 25, was left in a coma when police attacked him at the side of the road after a night out.

Last year, four officers on the neighbouring island of Majorca were jailed for beating up a British tourist while he was detained in a cell.

Mr Drennan’s body is set to be repatriated soon after friends raised more than 10,000 to help his family pay for the flight.

His father, also called Alan, said he was ‘heartbroken’ over his son’s death, adding: ‘He was just a super wee lad.’

The 21-year-old was an apprentice with Volvo and was planning to move to Australia for work.

References

  1. ^ Belfast Live (www.belfastlive.co.uk)

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