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Man beaten to death in Tenerife: Irish men in court

Two Irishmen have appeared in court in Spain in connection with the killing of a man who was beaten to death in front of his girlfriend.

Ferry worker Abraham Baez Rodriguez (25) died from severe head wounds after getting into a fight on the holiday island of Tenerife.

Police found him lying in a large pool of blood in the street outside the Hotel Tropical Playa in the resort of Playa de las Americas at around 6am on Friday. Paramedics battled to revive him using a defibrillator machine but were unable to save his life.

His girlfriend was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Two Irishmen, who have not been named, were arrested shortly afterwards.

Police questioned them all day Friday and Saturday before handing them over to an investigating magistrate on Saturday evening.

They were driven to the Court of Instruction in Arona to be questioned by the magistrate overseeing the investigation into the death.

They have not been charged with any offence but can be held on remand without charge if the magistrate rules there is enough evidence to keep them in custody.

One local report said Mr Baez Rodriguez might have died after coming to the aid of his girlfriend, who has since given a statement to police.

He worked as a cabin steward for the ferry company Fred Olsen and lived in the village of El Poris, in Arico, on the south-west of the island.

A source at the company said he was "an excellent worker" who was well-liked, and worked on the routes between Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

The mayor of Arico, Eladio Morales, spoke of his shock at the crime and said: "When this sort of thing happens, the victim's family is destroyed in an instant."

Local reports said that the victim was well known and popular on Tenerife.

This weekend a family friend said Mr Baez Rodriguez's relatives were too upset to speak about his death.

Speaking at the victim's home, the friend said: "The family are devastated and don't want to make any statements."

The dead man's friends expressed their grief on Facebook.

Alejandro Acosta Merida, a work colleague, wrote: "May God give strength to his devastated parents, and to us so we never forget your smile, your friendship, your diligence, professionalism and politeness.

"We need more people like you in this world. We will never forget you. Rest in peace, colleague."

Carolina Herrera Martin wrote: "How much it hurts that you are no longer here, my friend, but I know that there is a new star in heaven, and that star is you.

"That's why you will always be with us. I will miss you little sailor."

Source Irish Independent

Belfast Telegraph