Probe into claims Irish tourist beaten by Spanish police hours before death
Published 23/07/2015 | 09:34
The PSNI are to investigate claims that an Irish man found dead in Ibiza was beaten while in police custody.
Alan Drennan (21) died within hours of landing in the popular Spanish resort after he reportedly told friends he had been assaulted by police while being questioned in the airport after landing.
PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes confirmed that an investigation had been opened into the young man’s death, adding that officers would be speaking to his family today.
“We plan to speak to any potential witnesses and gather any relevant information in order to assist Spanish police,” he said.
The Irish holidaymaker, from Newtownabbey in County Antrim, had been sitting separately from his friends during the flight over to Ibiza and a complaint had been made about him calling to them.
After being escorted off the plane by staff after it landed on the holiday island on Saturday, the 21-year-old was questioned by Spanish police.
Meeting up with his friends later in the day, he allegedly showed them evidence of a gash on his head and arm and said he had been beaten on his back too.
Following a night out, the young Irishman complained about feeling unwell.
He was later found dead in his hotel room Sunday afternoon.
The cause of his death is still unclear but Spanish police have claimed he died from natural causes, adding he showed no signs of injury.
Hundreds of people have helped raised more than €12,000 to help pay for his funeral, and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust has stepped in to help cover the costs of having his body returned to his family.
The Trust alleviates the financial hardship of bereaved families who need to bring home the body of a loved one who has died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.