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PSNI to investigate claims holidaymaker Alan Drennan who died in Ibiza was beaten in police custody

Published 23/07/2015

Alan Drennan died while on holiday in Ibiza
Alan Drennan died while on holiday in Ibiza

The PSNI are to investigate claims that a young man from Northern Ireland who was found dead while on holiday in Ibiza was beaten while in police custody.

Alan Drennan (21) from Newtownabbey 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.

Alan 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 young man 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 Alan 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.

Alan Drennan flew to the Mediterranean party island of Ibiza on Saturday
Alan Drennan flew to the Mediterranean party island of Ibiza on Saturday

Tributes to the popular young man were led by his father, Alan Senior, who in an emotional interview spoke of his pride for his son who he described as a "lovely young lad to know".

Father's heartbreaking tribute to 'fantastic' son who died on holiday in Ibiza

Last night hundreds of people attended a vigil for the young man in Loughshore park in Jordanstown, Co Antrim.

Balloons and lanterns were released in his memory by friends and family.

Tributes have been pouring in to social media for the former pupil of Glengormley High School. He had worked for the Glasgow-based firm SGL Security, which employs door supervisors.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British citizen in Ibiza on 19 July.

"We have been liaising closely with the Spanish authorities, and are providing support to the family at this difficult time."

Alan's grieving brother Lee shared his pain and sadness in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Nothing is promised to no one, appreciate everything in life because you never know when it can be taken from you.

"I've learnt this the hard way as I've lost a massive part of my life, my wee bro," he wrote.

"After 21 years of listening to his voice every day and always having him to go to if I ever needed anything or vice versa, to be told I'll never have that again is the hardest thing I've ever been through.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for me and my family, also their respect for him. He was one of a kind and it's nice to see so many think so highly of him. Thank you.

"I love you so much Alan. Always."

Lee also placed a poem on a Facebook page dedicated to his younger brother's memory.

"Beloved brother,

Our hearts still ache in sadness

and secret tears still flow

What it meant to lose you

No one will ever know."

Source Irish Independent

Further reading:

Heartbreak over Northern Ireland man's death on Ibiza, as claims surface of beating by Spanish police

Ibiza tragedy holidaymaker 'was one of a kind'

Father's heartbreaking tribute to 'fantastic' son who died on holiday in Ibiza

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