British cricket player jailed for killing fan in Magaluf

British cricket player jailed for killing fan in Magaluf

A British cricket player has been sentenced to six years in jail after he killed a tourist in Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Thomas Swannell, 46, stabbed 41-year-old Gary Vigors in the neck with a broken bottle at a bar in March 2011.

Swannell was on a pre-season cricket tour with the Finedon Dolben Cricket Club, while Vigors was on holiday with his work friends.

According to the Daily Mail, both men were among a group of 58 players and supporters of the Finedon Dolben cricket club. Vigors had reportedly travelled to cheer on the team, which included Swannell.

The BBC reports that Swannell, who was drunk, stabbed Vigors in the neck, severing his jugular vein.

The pair had reportedly traded insults.

After the attack, Swannell ran off but was later arrested by Spanish police.

Vigors bled to death at the scene.

His father David told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo: "It's unbelievable that he can be given six years. The Spanish system for dealing with things like this is very different and I am disappointed."

As well as his jail sentence, Swannell must pay Vigors' parents and daughter 177,000 euros (£151,000).

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