TWO Irishmen have been warned they face up to 20 years in jail over the 'Reservoir Dogs' style killing of a British man they allegedly tortured for an hour before leaving to die.
Brian McConville and Wayne Lennon, a friend of mobsters Fat Freddie Thompson and Brian Rattigan, have been formally charged with murdering Paul Feathers at his Costa del Sol flat.
The pair went on the run after allegedly slaying the expat on April 21 2010 during a row, delaying legal proceedings.
Spanish state prosecutors announced yesterday they will be seeking 20 year prison sentences for Dubliners McConville (30) and Lennon (38).
Indictments submitted to a criminal court in Malaga late last week claim the pair stabbed their alleged victim 44 times in the back during a brutal hour-long attack as he lay bleeding on the floor after being knifed in the neck.
The court documents also allege they stole a mobile phone from Feathers' flat in Benalmadena before leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood on his front room floor.
The Brit, who was attacked after his girlfriend unwittingly opened their front door to two men wearing Balaclavas, died from a brain haemmorhage caused by the kicks and punches he received to his head.
Mr Feathers' killing is understood to have been drug-related.
Prosecutors will tell a jury at the murder trial later this year his alleged killers went to his flat to "reproach him after losing an illegal deal they had been preparing over previous days."
Prosecution documents claim: "Brian Peter McConville started a row with the victim during which Wayne Alan Lennon got hold of a 10-centimetre kitchen knife and threatened Paul with it before cutting him twice in the neck.
"Immediately afterwards both men, knowing full well their actions could cause Paul Feathers' death, brutally attacked him for around an hour.
"They kicked and punched him repeatedly around his head and body until he fell to the floor where they continued to attack him and caused him further injuries to his head with the knife.
"When the victim was in a bad way but still alive, they jabbed him 44 times in the back with the knife, as well as cutting him several times in the back and legs, thereby increasing consciously and deliberately his physical pain and mental suffering.
"One of the stab wounds pierced his back by three centimetres, narrowly missing his lung."
Feathers, whose then-girlfriend was left so traumatised she left Spain to move back to the UK, died around an hour and a half after he was first attacked.
Spanish police took the unusual step after the brutal murder of appealing for help in tracking down the two Irishmen and issuing their pictures.
Lennon was arrested on May 7 2011 in the Algarve town of Portugal.
McConville was detained on a European Arrest Warrant in Germany in May 2013.
They are understood to have been held in custody at Alhaurin de la Torre jail near Malaga since being captured.
Both men have been charged with aggravated murder. State prosecutors will also be seeking €300,000 compensation for the dead man's mum Beryl.
A date for the five-day trial, due to take place before the summer in front of a jury, has yet to be set.
The two Irishmen are expected to plead innocent.