Pictured: Britons arrested over the death of British tourist, 23, who was killed in a fight in Ibiza are frogmarched into court in handcuffs
The six British nationals arrested over the death of a fellow Briton in the Ibizan party resort of San Antonio on Sunday are due to appear before a judge today.
Conor Lee Spraggs, 23, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, died in the early hours of Sunday following an altercation with a group of men and women.
Six men, aged 18 to 21, have been arrested in connection with his death, and this morning, four of them could be seen being frogmarched into court by police
Another two are expected to be quizzed later in the day.
In court: Lewis Nolan, 18, one of six men arrested in connection with the death of fellow Briton Conor Lee Spraggs on Sunday, is led into court in Ibiza on Wednesday morning
The six men were arrested by Civil Guard officers probing the circumstances surrounding Mr Spraggs’ death in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police sources said four of the men were being handed over to the courts after being quizzed on suspicion of possible homicide and the other two on suspicion of failing to assist Mr Spraggs.
The four men linked to the more serious accusation were named by well-placed sources as 18-year-old Lewis Nolan; Kyle Coen, also 18; Jordan Weston, 21; and William Peake, 18.
The other two men – questioned by police on suspicion of failing to assist Mr Spraggs according to the well-placed sources – were named as 20-year-olds Matthew Walshaw and Mark Cooper.
Mr Spraggs was pronounced dead at the scene after apparently getting into a fight with a group of five men and two women.
Taken in: William Peake, 18, along with three others is being questioned on suspicion of possible homicide
Jordan Weston, 21, also held on suspicion of possible homicide, is led into court where he and the others are due to appear before a judge
Witnesses say he started the altercation that led to his death, around 3.30am on Sunday on San Antonio’s main seafront promenade. The arrests are believed to have taken place on Monday.
Police held the suspects for as long as they could under Spanish law before handing them to the courts.
Today’s hearing – which is being held behind closed doors – was expected to last for several hours.
The investigating judge will have to decide after the hearing whether to release the Brits on bail pending an ongoing criminal probe or remand them to a local prison.
If the courts decide after questioning them that the men were wrongly arrested and were not involved in the events leading up to Mr Spragg’s death, they can also tell them they are no longer suspects although that third option is unlikely.
Even if the men are remanded in custody they will not be charged, as formal charges are only laid in Spain shortly before trial.
Conor Lee Spraggs, 23, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, died in the early hours of Sunday in San Antonio, Ibiza
The 23-year-old reportedly died following an altercation with a group of five British men and two women in the Ibizan party town
Police sources revealed this morning an autopsy had been ‘inconclusive’ and had failed to determine that Mr Spraggs’ death was directly linked to any blows or injuries he may have received during the fight.
Further tests are now taking place to see if he had consumed drugs that could have played a part in his death.
One well-placed insider said: ‘The courts now have a difficult task on their hand because they will have to try to establish who did what and clarify responsibility.
‘The dead man had marks on him. But the post-mortem has been inconclusive in establishing that injuries the dead man may have suffered during the fight witnesses saw, were directly responsible for his death.
‘It is still not clear if he died as a result of a blow he received, or because of an injury suffered in a fall during the fight, or if we’re looking at something else like consumption of drugs which could have led to him suffering a health problem when he got involved in the altercation.
‘More tests are now being conducted which will involved tissue samples being sent off to a laboratory in Barcelona so experts can try to determine what toxins if any were inside his body at the time he died.’
Mr Spraggs, 23, is understood to have been staying at a hotel called Hotel Bergantin
A JustGiving appeal set up by friends after Mr Spraggs’ death to bring his body back home and pay for his funeral has raised thousands of pounds.
A friend who set up the appeal described the dead man as a ‘gentle soul’ and said: ‘Conor was tragically killed on his last day of his holiday in Ibiza.
‘We are trying to raise enough money to fly his body home so he can be back with his famiy and put to rest in his home town.
‘Conor was a gentle soul, with a heart of gold who is going to be deeply missed by family and friends and anyone who knew him.’
Ex schoolmate Mollie Judge, said: ‘Such sad news to hear, went to school was him. He was always such s lovely persons not a bad bone in his body. RIP Conor you’ll be missed by everyone.’
Lucy Taylor added: ‘This is so sad Conor was so lovely and will be missed by everyone sending our love to all his family and friends.’
Mr Spraggs was staying alone at the three-star Hotel Bergantin in San Antonio.
He had checked into the hotel last Thursday and was due to leave the day he died.