Trial opens for Brit facing 18 years in jail for punching club promoter to death during row between friends in Spain’s Ibiza

A BRITISH man is facing 18 years in jail after he allegedly delivered a fatal blow to his friend during a drunken row  when the pair were working a summer in Ibiza.

Mitchell Andrew Loveridge, 26, is accused of murdering 21-year-old Harry Kingsland in a trial that begins in Ibiza on Monday.

Kingsland, from Shirley, Solihull, suffered catastrophic head injuries in the incident in San Antonio in July 2018.

According to prosecutors, Kingsland and Loveridge were drinking in an apartment with two other friends after they all had finished their day working as club promoters on the strip.

Here, Kingsland had tried to intervene in an argument between Loveridge and another of the friends but was punched in the head by the defendant.

Harry Kingsland
A tribute to Harry outside the San Antonio apartment he was killed in. Credit: Julie Kingsland

This blow was so severe that it left Kingsland semi-conscious and convulsing on the floor.

Loveridge then continued to punch and kick him, causing catastrophic head injuries which ultimately led to his death.

After the attack, the defendant jumped from the balcony of the second floor apartment and then started another fight with a stranger metres away.

This drew the attention of Policia Local who took the defendant to a nearby police station.

As well as an 18-year sentence, prosecutors also ask that Loveridge compensate Kingsland’s family with over €300,000.

The jury trial begins on Monday and is set to continue until Thursday.

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