26-year-old British club promoter found guilty of beating 21-year-old colleague to death in Ibiza
A Briton has been found guilty of killing another club promoter during a drunken brawl in Ibiza.
Mitchell Andrew Loveridge, 26, was tried on Monday for the murder of fellow Briton Harry Kingsland and was warned he could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
But a jury today acquitted him of the willful murder of Shirley’s 21-year-old Solihull, convicting him instead of manslaughter after nearly two days of deliberation.
A public prosecutor and a private prosecutor acting for Harry’s family said they were now seeking a maximum sentence of four years in prison for Loveridge, of Llwynpia in Rhondda, after the verdict was delivered this afternoon.
The defense lawyer urged the judge, who withheld the sentence for a later date, to sentence his client to a minimum term of one year.
No date has yet been set for the judgment, which will be delivered in writing rather than in open court, as is customary in Spain.
Mitchell Andrew Loveridge, 26, (pictured), was tried on Monday for the murder of fellow Briton Harry Kingsland and was warned he could face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted
Prosecutors insisted Loveridge ruthlessly attacked Kingsland, 21, (pictured), of Shirley, Solihull, as he lay on the ground after knocking him unconscious with a punch to the head in a violent attempt to prevent him from separating two other Britons rowing in the apartment they were in
Harry died in the second floor apartment above the Ship Inn in San Antonio, Ibiza
Loveridge, 26, spoke on the first day of the trial to insist he punched Harry in ‘self defence’ on July 18, 2018 during a drunken altercation at an apartment in the Ibiza resort in San Antonio after being attacked.
He also denied assaulting him as the former Tae Kwon Do champion lay convulsively on the ground.
After the lawyers’ closing speeches on Wednesday, he spoke again to apologize to his victim’s parents for what had happened.
State prosecutors had requested an 18-year prison sentence for Loveridge before the trial began, while private prosecutors acting for Harry’s grieving parents had indicated they wanted him jailed for 25 years if he was convicted of murder.
Both insisted in pre-trial indictments and opening court speeches he ruthlessly attacked Harry as he lay on the ground after knocking him out with a punch to the head in a violent attempt to prevent him from separating two other rowing Britons in the flat where they were.
Loveridge, arrested after jumping from the second floor flat after fatally injuring the Briton, was remanded in Spain for more than six months before his release on bail on January 30, 2019.
He was again briefly remanded in custody last year, but was released on bail before the start of the trial on Monday.
Harry, one of seven siblings and world martial arts champion at the age of ten, was enjoying his first spell living and working away from home after taking up a club promotion job in San Antonio .
He worked as a bricklayer to raise money for his trip.
Loveridge is taken away by police after the death of Harry Kingsland in San Antonio, Ibiza
Harry was a former world Tae Kwon Do champion and worked as a club promoter in Ibiza
Former Benefits Street star White Dee – Deirdre Kelly – was among those who paid tribute to her after her death.
She revealed that she had met him twice while working as a dancer for a friend’s company, describing him as a “carefree young man with a zest for life”.
She added at the time: “It’s absolutely tragic that this happens to anyone, let alone someone so young.”
Victoria Cox, a lawyer for Slater and Gordon who supports Harry’s family, including his devastated parents Gene and Julie, said last September when the trial was suspended before being rescheduled earlier this week: “It’s been over three years since Mr and Mrs Kingsland lost their son in the most tragic of circumstances,
“They desperately want to get on with their lives and are grateful that the Spanish criminal proceedings are now progressing.”
‘We often find that people who have lost loved ones won’t really start to mourn their loss until the court cases are over, so they want a trial to take place and whoever is responsible for Harry’s untimely death to be held. responsible.
A small memorial has been laid in San Antonio at the site of Harry’s death at the time of the murder. He was described as a ‘lovely boy’ by his friends and family
Harry’s mother, Julie, added at the time: “Harry was a cheerful and ambitious young man, whose brawn, love of sport and charming nature won him friends wherever he went.”
“He was so excited to move to Ibiza, it was his first overseas work experience and he dreamed of many more to come.
“He always wanted to work abroad and worked two jobs to raise the money to go to Ibiza, his favorite and happy place. That the trip ended in such tragic circumstances is indeed heartbreaking.
“It has been many years, but we are very grateful to the Spanish authorities for doing everything they could to pursue a criminal case.”
“We will attend the trial where we hope we will put an end to this horrible pain that we are going through.”
Loveridge confessed during questioning after his arrest to hitting Harry during a “fight”.
His lawyer insisted at the start of his client’s murder trial any conviction should be for manslaughter and carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Under Spanish law, private prosecutions – conducted by relatives of crime victims – are conducted separately from but alongside any prosecution by the state.
Loveridge will remain a free man at least until sentencing.
In Spain, prison sentences of two years or less are normally suspended for first-time offenders.