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Gary Vigors: Majorca bar stab victim 'unlawfully killed'

  • 25 July 2013
  • From the section England
Gary Vigors
Image caption Gary Vigors was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle

A British man who was stabbed to death outside a Spanish bar was "unlawfully killed", a coroner has ruled.

Gary Vigors, 42, of Dovercourt, Essex, was attacked in Magaluf, Majorca, by Northampton man Thomas Swannell in 2011. He was jailed for murder in May.

Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford heard Mr Vigors was glassed and repeatedly stabbed in the neck.

Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray expressed her concern the case had taken so long to come to an inquest.

She added the past two years had been "extremely difficult" for the family and expressed her sympathies.

Scaffolding company owner Swannell, 46, of Wellingborough Road, Northampton, was in Majorca with a group of 60 supporters and players of Finedon Dolben Cricket Club at the time of the attack.

Palma de Mallorca court heard he stabbed Mr Vigors - a Lloyds Banking Group IT manager - in the neck with a broken bottle, severing his jugular vein. He died at the scene.

Swannell admitted murder in May and was jailed for six years, minus the two years he had already spent in custody.

The court took into account the mitigating factor that Swannell was drunk at the time and his sentence was determined on the basis he had paid the court 160,000 euros in compensation to the Vigors family.

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