Son ‘Killed Dad With Single Punch In Holiday Row Over Spilt Drink’
A Brit arrested in Spain on suspicion of killing his father may have thrown just one punch in a row over a spilt drink, it was claimed yesterday.
Fellow holidaymakers at the campsite where Douglas Bennett, 69, died reported hearing his son Ian shouting angrily shortly after the pair had argued in a bar at the complex.
Other guests heard a woman scream after the grandfather was punched to the ground.
The accounts came as builder Ian, 45, from Chard, Somerset, was freed on bail yesterday after appearing in court before a judge.
An autopsy over the weekend revealed that Douglas died from a brain injury caused by hitting his head on the ground or against something hard – and not from a blow.
He had been holidaying with his wife Gloria, Ian and Ian’s wife Louisa.
They had arrived at the popular site just hours before the tragedy.
Robert Wilson, 60, heard screaming close to the bar area after midnight on Friday as lay in bed in his chalet.
The security officer from Sheffield, who is at the Castell Montgri site in Estartit near Barcelona with his grandchildren, said: “I heard a man shouting about it not being his fault and that a woman had spilt the drink on him.
“They argued quite loudly.”
Douglas is believed to have left the bar area with his son at around 12.30am.
The retired building consultant was found unconscious at 12.45am by security staff.
A woman staying close to the mobile home where the Bennetts were said: “It was an argument and one punch was thrown. The dad hit his head when he fell.
“It’s so tragic. This is a happy, family-friendly place.”
A mum, who asked not to be named, added: “I heard a woman scream in the middle of the night. It made me sit up in bed.
“She sounded terrified. We didn’t find out someone had died until the next day.
“You could see the blood on the road next to the bar and pool area where he went down.”