Club promoter convicted over public schoolboy’s death
Archie Lloyd was celebrating the end of his exams on holiday when he was knocked to the ground in August 2015 by Sebastian Trabucatti.
The family of a public schoolboy who died from a club promoter’s single punch while on a night out in a Greek resort said they are relieved his killer has finally been brought to justice.
Harrow pupil Archie Lloyd was celebrating the end of his A-Level exams with friends in Malia when he was knocked to the ground on August 6 2015 by Sebastian Trabucatti.
Three judges and four jurors took less than an hour to find the 25-year-old guilty of first degree manslaughter after a trial at the Court of First Instance in Heraklion on Tuesday.
After a short deliberation, judges decided he would be spared any immediate jail time and handed him a suspended four-year prison sentence.
Mr Lloyd’s parents James and Claire sat hand-in-hand as they waited for the verdict, supported by a large crowd of relatives many of whom burst into tears as it was announced.
Trabucatti, of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, punched 18-year-old Mr Lloyd and pushed over his best friend Andy Hutchinson in the drunk row at 5am in the middle of a street off the town’s main strip, the court heard.
The group had exchanged insults which culminated in Mr Lloyd saying to Trabucatti: “One day you will work for me” before walking off.
He was charged in 2015 and the year after a UK coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest.
A family statement released through lawyers said: “We have been waiting almost three years for the day when Archie’s attacker was brought to justice and we are relieved that this moment has finally come.
“Sebastian Trabucatti took our wonderful son, brother and friend away from us when he attacked him, shattering many lives as a result.
“While nothing will bring Archie back, we are pleased that he was found guilty of the first degree criminal offence of which he was accused.”
Dressed in a grey suit, white shirt and a silver and blue striped tie, Trabucatti looked bewildered and cried during most of the proceedings as he sat hunched on a bench at the front of the court.
It is the first time he has publicly answered questions about the incident, after refusing to attend the inquest. He ignored requests for a comment after the case ended.
In court he denied being responsible for the death, claiming it was a slap and not a punch, and said: “I never expected anything like this to ever happen.”
He and several other English witnesses gave evidence aided by an interpreter.
One moment of madness ended the life of a young man with so much potential and left his family distraught Family lawyer Kieran Mitchell
Mr Lloyd’s father relayed the findings of the inquest as he answered questions on the stand, adding: “The only person who saw how badly Archie was hurt was the defendant. The only person who saw the fall clearly was the defendant.”
Mr Lloyd, of Micheldever near Winchester, Hampshire, died on the penultimate day of his Interrail holiday after the assault occurred near the Cloud Nine nightclub where Trabucatti had worked.
The month-long trip around Europe with four school friends came just after he turned 18 and finished exams.
Mr Hutchinson told how the group went to a club – where they briefly met Trabucatti in a toilet – and then to have a lap dance, but he went outside to be sick and decided to leave.
He told how Mr Lloyd caught up with him and they walked in the middle of the road to get a taxi when they clashed with Trabucatti, his girlfriend Faye Malcolm and another woman.
They were all on quad bikes and were hooting at them to move out of the way on the narrow street.
Trabucatti pushed Mr Hutchinson to the ground and then punched Mr Lloyd in the face after telling the pair to apologise for shouting “f*** off sluts, whores” to the women.
Paramedics checked him at the scene and gave him the all-clear before the group went back to a villa they had rented in nearby Sissi.
Concerned he had not spoken since being hit and because he seemed drowsy, they got him into bed and tried to ring emergency services but could not get through. They woke a few hours later to find Mr Lloyd had died.
Mr Hutchinson said he did not see what happened after Mr Lloyd’s comment and afterwards heard a woman say “you deserved that” before seeing his friend lying on the ground.
Wiping away tears, he told how Mr Lloyd was unresponsive for about 30 seconds before he “squeezed his hand” to indicate he was conscious, adding: “He couldn’t speak.
“A security guard was there, he indicated with his fist, the sign of a punch, so I assumed he had been punched.”
The family’s lawyer, Kieran Mitchell of Slater and Gordon, said Mr Lloyd should have been on a “harmless” night out when his life was cut short.
He said: “One moment of madness ended the life of a young man with so much potential and left his family distraught.
“It has been a long battle to get justice, but I am relieved that this has finally been achieved.”
Directly translated from Greek, Trabucatti’s charge is physical injury resulting in death, punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
It is referred to as manslaughter in the first degree which involves the court establishing whether there was an intention to cause injury, but not kill, lawyers in Crete said.