Belfast Telegraph

Body of Northern Ireland man Aaron Henderson killed in Spanish bar attack due home

By Allan Preston

The body of a Northern Ireland man who died after an attack in Spain is due to arrive in Belfast this morning.

Father-of-four Aaron Henderson (30), from Coleraine, passed away in hospital on May 1 after he was allegedly assaulted by an English bar manager in Magaluf in the early hours of April 27.

Paul Waugh (35) from Middlesbrough was charged with Mr Henderson's murder on Saturday and a 37-year-old Spanish bar manager has also been charged with withholding information.

The Spanish Civil Guard arrested Waugh at Mulligan's bar on the Punta Ballena strip of Magaluf.

It's reported that around 10 British bar and PR workers from Mulligan's and surrounding bars have been quizzed as potential witnesses.

"We just can't wait to get him home, it's been two weeks since we got the call and flew out to Spain," Aaron's father, Paul Henderson, said.

"The police have been very good in Spain, they've been unbelievable to us from day one. I can't thank them enough for everything they've done."

He thanked the community in Coleraine for their constant support for the family.

"His youngest children are three and four so they don't understand, but you can only imagine how his 12 and 13-year-old feel right now," he said.

It's understood the Civil Guard have spoken to a witness who saw Mr Henderson pushed to the ground and kicked in the head.

They said: "After interviewing several people who said they had witnessed the incident, carrying out other inquiries and receiving the results of the autopsy, they determined it could be a homicide and not an accident.

"Investigators managed to identify the possible author as a result of the inquiries and arrested him at the bar in Magaluf where he works as a manager.

"The Civil Guard arrested another man who also works as a manager at the same premises on suspicion of concealment."

The Sun newspaper said a former worker at Mulligan's bar had been shocked over Waugh's arrest.

"He is not the sort to go looking for trouble so everyone is a bit puzzled as to what has gone on," they said.

It's understood he had been working in Majorca for around 15 years and has a seven-year-old son.

The funeral service will take place at 2pm on Wednesday at Cloyfin Park, Coleraine, before proceeding to Coleraine Cemetery.

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