magaluf horror Trial begins of Englishman accused of killing Co Derry man in Majorca
Aaron Henderson had been on holiday with his partner and children when he died of head injuries
An English man has gone on trial in Spain accused of killing Coleraine man Aaron Henderson (30) in Magaluf on April 27, 2018.
Mr Henderson, also known as 'Hendy', died from a bleed on the brain a week after he was found with a head injury he sustained in the party area of Punta Ballena on the island of Majorca.
Initially, it was thought Mr Henderson had injured his head in a fall, however a witness came forward afterwards saying they saw the victim being pushed to the ground before he was kicked in the head.
Paul Lee Waugh, now 38, but who was 35 at the time of the alleged attack, and was working at a pub in the resort, is accused of homicide.
It is understood Mr Waugh was working as a 'pub PR', employed to stand in front of the establishment and entice passers-by in with promises of 'deals' and bargain booze.
Another 40-year-old Spanish man stands accused of covering up the alleged incident.
Prosecutors are calling for a 12-year prison sentence for Mr Waugh, originally from Middlesbrough, if he is found guilty.
The defendant has denied all charges against him, as has the Spanish man who was reportedly the manager of the pub Waugh was working in at the time.
Mr Henderson had been in the resort on holiday with his partner and two young children when he died.
It was heard in court this week that after he was rushed to hospital, there were complications during surgery to treat Mr Henderson's head injury, which was described as being the type of injury associated with a kick to the head.
A forensic doctor also noted another injury near the nape, which he described as being associated with a fall to the ground. It was heard that particular injury fractured the skull but would not have caused any serious brain injury.
Another witness appeared in court to state that it was not Mr Waugh who kicked Mr Henderson in the head, that it was a "tall, burly man in shorts and a shirt and wearing boots".
After his death Mr Hendersonâ€™s partner, Danielle Baxter, posted a tribute to Mr Henderson, saying: "I love you Aaron 'Hendy' Henderson always and forever, you've made me the happiest I've ever been in my entire life."
Mr Henderson, who worked for the family business in Coleraine, died on May 1, and his family opted to donate his organs.
His father, Paul, described his son as a "true gentleman".
He added: "He wasn't just my son, he was my best friend as well."
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