A British club promoter faces up to four years in prison after being found guilty of beating a colleague to death during a drunken brawl in Ibiza.
Mitchell Loveridge, 26, was on trial Monday in the 2018 death of fellow countryman Harry Kingsland.
Today a jury acquitted him of willfully killing the 21-year-old from Shirley, Solihull, as he was convicted of manslaughter after nearly two days of deliberations.
A prosecutor and a private attorney working for Harry’s family are said to be seeking a four-year prison sentence after the decision was announced in a Palma court.
His defense attorney urged the judge, who has reserved sentencing at a later date, to sentence his client to at least a year’s imprisonment.
Loveridge reportedly took the witness stand on day one of the trial to insist he had punched Harry in “self-defense” after he first assaulted him during a drunken altercation at an apartment in Ibiza’s party resort of San Antonio on July 18, 2018 had been.
During questioning, Loveridge admitted to hitting Harry during a “fight” but denied attacking him when the victim reportedly convulsed on the floor.
On Wednesday, when the lawyers delivered their closing speeches, he again took the stand to apologize to his victim’s parents for what happened.
Prosecutors had sought an 18-year sentence for Loveridge before the trial began, and private attorneys working for Harry’s grieving parents had indicated they wanted to jail him for 25 years if convicted of murder.
Both insisted in pre-trial accusations and opening statements in court that he had mercilessly attacked Harry as he lay on the ground.
They allege he knocked him unconscious with a blow to the head in a violent attempt to stop him separating two other rowing Brits at the flat they were occupying.
Loveridge, who was arrested after jumping from the second floor flat after fatally injuring the Brit, was remanded in custody in Spain for more than six months before being released on bail on January 30, 2019.
He was briefly remanded in custody last year but was released on bail a second time before the trial began on Monday.
One of seven siblings and a Tae Kwon Do world champion at the age of ten, Harry enjoyed his early days living and working away from home after taking a job as club pros in San Antonio.
He previously worked as a bricklayer in the UK to raise money for his trip.
Former Benefits Street star White Dee was among those who paid tribute to him after his death.
“Ambitious Young Man”
She revealed she had met him twice when he was working as a dancer for a friend’s company and described him as “fun loving”.
She added at the time, “It is absolutely tragic that this should happen to anyone, let alone someone that young.”
Meanwhile, Harry’s devastated mother, Julie, said: “Harry was a happy, ambitious young man whose brawn, love of sports and charming personality have earned him friends everywhere.
“He was so excited to move to Ibiza, it was his first experience working abroad and he dreamed of many more.
“He always wanted to work abroad and worked two jobs to find the money to go to Ibiza, his favorite place. That the journey ended in such tragic circumstances is indeed heartbreaking.”
Loveridge’s defense attorney, early in his client’s murder trial, insisted that any conviction should be manslaughter and carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Under Spanish law, private prosecutions – led by the families of crime victims – run separately but in parallel with any state prosecution.
Loveridge will remain a free man pending trial at a later date.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5485399/brit-guilty-beating-colleague-death-fight-ibiza/ The 26-year-old British club promoter was found GUILTY for beating a colleague to death in Ibiza