Beaten to death on the beach: Family of Briton who died in Ibiza say he had a beer bottle smashed over his head before being found dead in the ocean despite police claiming he drowned
- Ibiza police initially ruled out foul play in death of Anwaar Lahrichi-Greenwood
- The 24-year-old’s family say they ‘failed to investigate’ and have called foul play
- Anwaar’s mother, Amina Lahrichi, 45, said: ‘We want answers. For me it’s not good enough that my son went on holiday and now he’s dead’
The family of a Briton who drowned in Ibiza have demanded a police investigation after discovering that a beer bottle was smashed over his head in a fight shortly before he vanished.
Police on the island initially ruled out any foul play in the death of Anwaar Lahrichi-Greenwood, 24, following the discovery of the teaching assistant’s body in the harbour of the party paradise of San Antonio.
They suggested that his head injuries had been sustained after his death, possibly by hitting rocks.
Police on the island initially ruled out any foul play in the death of Anwaar Lahrichi-Greenwood, 24, following the discovery of the teaching assistant’s body in the harbour
But his distraught relatives were unconvinced, and his aunt and cousin travelled to Ibiza to investigate for themselves.
They traced witnesses to the fight, who told them that Anwaar was hit twice with a bottle and left bloodied on the floor after a 5am brawl with three Spanish youths.
Anwaar’s family last night accused police of ‘failing to investigate’ and secure vital evidence, including CCTV footage. They also criticised paramedics who failed to take the Londoner to hospital despite his injuries.
Anwaar’s mother, Amina Lahrichi, 45, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We want answers. For me it’s not good enough that my son went on holiday and now he’s dead.’
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Anwaar, who worked in a school for disadvantaged children in West London, became separated from his friends in the early hours of August 4, the final night of their break.
Investigations by the family have established that he was attacked at around 5am on the town’s promenade, close to the popular Eden nightclub.
Witnesses came forward after Anwaar’s aunt, Rashida Lahrichi, and cousin, Syan Angol, went to Ibiza and launched a social media appeal offering £5,000 for information. Among the witnesses was Jules Nelson, 25, a chef from Blackburn on holiday with his brothers. He described how he also fought off Anwaar’s attackers.
Mr Nelson said he had met Anwaar on the beach, adding: ‘He was telling us how he’d had a really good night and he was worse for wear, as were all of us.
Anwaar, who worked in a school for disadvantaged children in West London, became separated from his friends in the early hours of August 4
‘He was laughing and joking and he encouraged us to go for a swim with him in the sea.’
Mr Nelson went to his hotel to change, and returned 30 minutes later to find Anwaar in an altercation with three Spaniards.
‘I saw one of the Spanish lads pick up a bottle and it turned nasty, and a few words were being exchanged. Anwaar picked up a bottle himself but he didn’t use it – he put it down. Then the Spanish lads started hitting him and he was struck twice with a bottle.’
Mr Nelson said that he and other British tourists chased the attackers. Fearful of being arrested, he then left the scene but another eyewitness, Nabeel Akhtar, 25, a DJ from London, told Anwaar’s relatives what happened next.
Mr Akhtar had been walking along the promenade when he saw the fight begin. ‘One of the Spanish men had a beer bottle in his hand and he hit Anwaar over the head,’ he said. ‘The bottle didn’t break that time but he hit him again. It was a sickening blow. The bottle smashed over Anwaar’s head and he went down.’
Anwaar died in San Antonia, a party town in Ibiza (pictured)
After helping to chase off the attackers, Mr Akhtar joined a group crowded around the stricken Briton. ‘He had quite a few other holidaymakers around him. One guy took off his shirt and was using it to dab Anwaar’s head. There was a lot of blood,’ he said.
A British barmaid, who was with Anwaar when paramedics arrived, told his family that he was disorientated, refused treatment and was allowed to leave the scene.
Unaware of his plight, Anwaar’s friends returned home on their scheduled flight without him.
Only after his body – naked apart from his socks – was found at sea on August 5 by a pleasure boat skipper, did they learn what had happened to him.
Following their inquiries, the family have instructed a lawyer, and police in Ibiza are now understood to be investigating. The family hope it will result in a manslaughter case being opened.
Syan said: ‘We can’t understand why police were so quick to say this was an accident and nothing suspicious. They failed to even do the basics, like check CCTV.
‘We are also very upset that paramedics did not do more to help Anwaar. As medical professionals, they should have realised he had a head injury and taken him to the hospital straight away.’
Police and paramedics on the Spanish holiday isle did not respond to requests to comment.
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