Belfast Telegraph

Ibiza death man Alan Drennan will be laid to rest on Saturday

By Rebecca Black

A man who died in suspect circumstances in Ibiza is set to be laid to rest.

Alan Drennan (21), from Newtownabbey, died on the second day of his holiday with 10 friends.

An initial post mortem suggested he died of multiple organ failure, before a separate probe was launched over claims he had been beaten by Spanish police after they questioned him over a disturbance on a plane.

A second post mortem was carried out in Dublin yesterday. The family has been warned the results could take months, but it has been confirmed the body had bruising on the face and scalp.

Alan's remains were expected back in Northern Ireland last night. There will be a farewell service at 12pm on Saturday at St Dorothea's Parish Church in the Gilnahirk area of east Belfast.

The trainee mechanic and part-time doorman was found dead in his hotel room on July 19.

His body was flown back to Dublin nine days later following a delay in paperwork on the part of Spanish authorities. His father, Alan Drennan senior, met the flight in Dublin.

The family's solicitor, Michael Madden, said senior pathologists in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland had told him the conclusion of the first post mortem was "strange" and the terminology was "unusual to use in the circumstances".

"Because of the conflict between the statement given by Spanish police and the statements given by Alan's friends, the family is concerned they don't have the full picture," Mr Madden added.

"One of the ways to try to obtain that information is to have another post mortem.

"The new post mortem will give the family peace of mind, to try to find out forensically what was the cause of death."

Friends of Mr Drennan have spoken of their heartbreak at his sudden death on a special Facebook page which has been set up in tribute to him.

It has been liked by more than 10,000 people so far.

Among the tributes was a picture of a wreath laid in Mr Drennan's memory by a friend who is still in Ibiza.

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