British father killed with cleaner's sign in Tenerife hotel fight pictured

The 36-year-old was seriously injured after being hit by a wet floor sign

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Father killed in Tenerife hotel fight pictured

A Brit holidaymaker who died after a violent fight at a Tenerife hotel where he was celebrating his birthday has been named as company director Daryl Bhandal.

The 36-year-old dad-of-two lost his battle for life in hospital after being seriously injured in a fracas between two Brit couples said to have been sparked after he was hit with a cleaner's wet floor sign.

The incident happened around midnight on Friday at an unnamed hotel in the resort of Puerto de Santiago in the south west of the island.

The suspected killer and his girlfriend, both British tourists said to have been involved in the violent altercation with the dead man and his partner, have been arrested.

It is not known at this stage if the four were friends, although they are understood to have jetted to Tenerife the same day just hours before the incident and were staying at the same hotel.

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Pals took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Bhandal, from Woolwich, south east London, today.

One said of the keep fit fanatic, who ran a building firm: "Gutted to hear about Daryl Bhandal.

"My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP mate."

Graphic designer Brad Mulock added: "Daryl Bhandal. Unbelievable. Totally and utterly unbelievable. RIP mate."

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Pal Richard Specter said: "RIP Daryl Bhandal. Absolute pleasure knowing you. Top bloke and a brilliant father. I know a lot of us are in shock and rightfully so.

"And for everyone paying tributes, I'm sure it'll be a huge comfort to his family to know he'll be missed by so many people. Sleep tight big guy."

Another Facebook post, written before the tragedy in the early hours of Saturday morning, revealed how Mr Bhandal had gone out with his young son and daughter on Boxing Day to hand out warm clothes to the homeless.

Quality Solutions Group, the firm he was a director of, said it was footing the bill for all the clothes.

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Police on the island were not immediately available Monday morning to comment on the two arrests.

The man detained over Daryl's death, who was reportedly held by local police as he tried to flee the scene, is understood to have received hospital treatment for minor facial injuries.

His partner was held on suspicion of throwing the wet floor sign at Daryl during a verbal row which led to the violent altercation.

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The Brit building firm director was rushed to a hospital in the south of the island with severe head injuries but died around 3am on Saturday morning.

A local judge has been put in charge of the case.