Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Irishman hunted over Spanish pub killing

Police are hunting an Irishman after a British national was gunned down outside a bar in Spain.

Daniel Smith (24) died in a hail of bullets as he sipped a drink on a terrace on the Costa del Sol. The gunman opened fire from a high-powered motorbike in a drive-by murder on Saturday night.

Fellow drinkers dived for cover as Smith was shot outside The Lounge bar in Riviera del Sol, near Mijas.

The victim, who was a fugitive wanted for an attempted murder in the UK, died at the scene after being shot at least three times in the head.

A regular at the bar, who asked not to be named, said: “It started with a row in the bar because the Irish bloke was annoying some of the other drinkers, especially the women.

“Dan stood up and said to him: ‘Why don't you get out of here — nobody wants you here.'

“The Irish bloke said to him, ‘You wait there, I will be back in a minute.'“

The victim had been on the run for almost three years after a man was shot in Essex in July 2007.

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