AN Englishman was sentenced by a Malaga Court to nine years in prison for shooting a fellow Brit outside a Puerto Banus bar in 2008. He was given eight years for attempted murder and one for illegal possession of weapons.
As this was the third shooting in less than a month in Marbella. At the time Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Rubalcaba suggested the shootings may have been related to the settling of scores between rival drugs gangs. However, in the sentencing, there is no mention of this. The other two shootings occurred in renowned Nikki Beach and Aloha Garden Bar.
According to the sentence the events took place in the early evening of September 24, 2008. The defendant and the victim, thought to be in his 30s from Liverpool, knew each other from a gym they both frequented near Solly’s Bar in Puerto Banus.
During the course of an argument the attacker disarmed the victim and shot him in the knee. The victim fell to the ground and the attacker fired three shots at him, in his right arm, his genitals and his head. Critically injured, the victim spent weeks in recovery at the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella and subsequently lost his right eye.
The court has also imposed a restraining order forbidding the accused from being within 500 metres of the victim, as well as ordered him to pay the legal costs. The British victim did not attend court during the proceedings.