A TORROX judge has formally charged 17 youths, aged between 18 and 25, with the death of British man Stephen Mallon in Competa in June 2009. The youths are from Competa and other towns in the area.
Five are charged with manslaughter, and bail has been set for them at €100,000, and the others with causing bodily harm with bail at €10,000. Mallon, died in hospital after being involved in a bar fight in Competa on June 5. The 49-year-old roofer from Bournemouth, was celebrating a birthday with his two sons and some of their friends bar La Estrella, near his holiday home in the town.
He became involved in a fight which resulted in him being allegedly thrown off a balcony, leaving him in a coma. After 12 days in Carlos Haya Hospital he died and a murder investigation was launched by the authorities.
His two sons, aged 17, were also injured, one with a broken nose and the other a fractured arm.
According to local reports, the fight broke out when the British teenagers began flirting with local girls and caused one of the girl’s ex-boyfriend to become jealous. He is then said to have began to insult them, which is when the boys’ father stepped in and a fight broke between seven Brits and the group of locals.
The owner is said to have thrown them out, which is when more people, amounting to about 30, some minors and others middle-aged, joined in and bottles, glasses, flowerpots and sunshades began to fly. It is thought that Mallon might have been hit on the head by a flying bottle, and was unconscious when he was thrown over the wall to the floor, 4.45 metres below.
However, Mr Mallon’s wife Teresa told the British press that her husband was having a meal with his twin sons and three friends, when a local English resident came to speak to them. Then, according to her version of the events, a Spanish man walked over and punched the Englishman.
She then says they got up to leave, but found 30 armed Spanish men blocking their way. She went on to say that three men picked up her husband and threw him over the balcony before the horrified gaze of their sons.