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Family await new post mortem following Alan Drennan death in Ibiza

By Rebecca Black

A second post mortem will be carried out this morning on the body of a young Belfast man who died in mysterious circumstances in Ibiza last week.

Alan Drennan (21) was found dead in his hotel room after feeling unwell. It came just 24 hours into his holiday with friends on the Spanish island.

There have been allegations that Mr Drennan was beaten by Spanish police after he was taken away for questioning upon his arrival at the airport following complaints from other passengers.

It was said that Mr Drennan was left with bruises on his face and cuts to his head and arm following questioning by officers.

Within hours of his death, police in Ibiza claimed Alan had "probably died of natural causes" and had no signs of injury.

An autopsy by the Spanish authorities found he died as a result of multiple organ failure.

His body arrived in Dublin yesterday thanks to efforts by the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and will undergo a second autopsy.

The examination will be carried out by Irish State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy at Connolly Hospital in Dublin this morning.

A spokesman for Dublin City Coroner's Court said following this, a decision will be made over when the body will be released to be returned home to Belfast.

Mr Drennan travelled to Ibiza with 10 friends on Saturday, July 18. He told his friends that the Spanish police who quizzed him after he was escorted from the plane beat him badly.

The group went out for drinks that night. Mr Drennan complained of feeling unwell on Sunday and went back to his hotel room, which was the last his friends saw of him.

He is understood to have died in his room on Sunday.

Michael Madden, a solicitor for Mr Drennan's family, has asked that any holidaymakers who were at Ibiza Airport and the San Antonio area of Ibiza from Saturday, July 18 through to Sunday, July 19 to check their holiday photos and videos to see whether they have any images of Alan.

Mr Madden added the family "know they have to be strong" as their wait for information on their son's death continues. "They know, for Alan's sake, they need to get the answers," he said.

Mr Drennan, from Newtownabbey, was a trainee mechanic and worked part-time at weekends as a doorman.

Last Saturday his favourite nightclub, Lush in Portrush, remembered him by playing a special mix of his favourite song, Satellite, by Above And Beyond while displaying a photo on a large screen.

His friends are to stage a memorial event to celebrate his life and love for cars.

More than 1,000 people have said they will attend the planned car meet at the B&Q car park in Newtownabbey next month.

The event, being organised by NI Cruisenights, begins at 8pm on August 16 and all money collected will be handed over to the Drennan family.

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