Teen on attempted murder charge after fight
AN IRISH teenager is being held in custody on an attempted murder charge after a violent street fight on the Costa del Sol.
The 17-year-old was part of a group of four Irish holidaymakers who got into a row over a girl during a night out in the upmarket resort of Puerto Banus near Marbella, Spain around 3am on August 14.
His brother allegedly punched a man unconscious before it is claimed the teenager kicked him in the head as he lay on the ground.
The victim was rushed to hospital before being taken to a specialist centre in Malaga for treatment for "life threatening" head injuries.
Doctors have told police the Irish teenager cheated death because of the rapid medical attention he received.
The altercation happened around 3am on August 14 in a street a short walk from Puerto Banus port. Investigators say they believe the four men, who had been out drinking together, rowed over a girl.
Local police made the arrests at the scene after witnessing the assault from a distance.
The injured man, who, like the other three Irish holidaymakers involved, has not been named, is now being treated in a normal ward after spending several days in an induced coma in intensive care.
Police from a specialist anti-violence unit based in Malaga have led the investigation.
A youth court judge remanded the teenager to a young offenders' institution after quizzing him in a closed court session. His brother, whose age is not known, has been released on bail but is thought to have had his passport taken away from him. A trial date has yet to be set.
The Irish teenager is expected to be held in custody for several months before he is released ahead of trial.
A source close to the case said: "The judge quizzed him on an attempted murder charge because medical experts who examined his alleged victim concluded the consequences of the assault could have been much more serious if he hadn't received rapid medical attention."
Thousands of wealthy holidaymakers flock to Puerto Banus during the summer, and the resort is especially popular with Irish and British tourists.
In May, Belfast bank executive Nigel Sharvin drowned during a stag party in Puerto Banus. He went missing in the early hours during a drunken night out in the port with friends.