Saturday 18 November 2017

Irish pair quizzed over death in Tenerife

Karl McLaughlin and Breda Heffernan

TWO Irish tourists are being held by Spanish police following the death of a man in Tenerife.

The couple, a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, are understood to be from Dublin and were on holiday.

Police are investigating claims that they became involved in a row with a 25-year-old man on a street near the Tropical Playa Hotel in the resort of Playa de las Americas at around 6am yesterday.

The man suffered fatal head injuries after he was struck several times with a large stone.

The Irish couple, whose names have not been released, were last night being questioned by police.

They were expected to be held in police custody until at least this morning, when a reconstruction of the incident is due to take place.

Police sources said the two were allegedly abusive to another couple on the street and it was during a heated argument that the deceased was struck several times on the head.

Despite efforts by paramedics to revive him, the man died at the scene just minutes later.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware that two Irish nationals had been involved in an incident on the island but could not give any further details at present.

Irish Independent

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