AN Irishman has been sentenced to two years in prison by an Almeria judge, after an afternoon spent drinking with an English friend took an unorthodox turn.
After knocking back a skinful in a local bar with a married expat couple, the paralytic pair showed up at their home just before midnight, claiming that their drinking companions had accidentally taken their mobile phones.
Once inside, the torment began, as the steaming men held the couple against their will, locking them in a room and subjecting them to several rounds of beating over a four hour period during which they scarfed down numerous bottles of whiskey and beer, before hightailing it with €75 in cash.
The prosecutor had initially demanded eight years imprisonment for violent robbery and kidnapping, but this was reduced to a single year for each offence during the trial, with the judge considering that the defendant’s “intellectual and cognitive capacity” had been seriously affected by the consumption of vast quantities of alcohol.
Having not shown up for the trial, his British partner in crime was regarded as being in contempt of court, although he is unlikely to be extradited for such an arbitrary offence, while the wretched victims no longer reside in Spain.