Monday, May 30, 2011

Ian Haggath dies after 'being attacked by gang of four in brutal robbery' in Portugal - 30th May 2011

A British tourist has died after being left lying unconscious in a pool of blood during a suspected robbery at a popular Portuguese holiday resort.

It is believed Ian Haggath, 50, from Gateshead, Tyneside, was attacked by the same four youths who beat up an Irish man in the same neighbourhood of Albufeira last month.

Both men were attacked in the dangerous Montechoro neighbourhood of the Algarve town, the Sunday Sun newspaper reports, adding that it understood Mr Haggath’s body would be repatriated this week.

Mr Haggath was attacked during the early hours of the morning on the weekend of May 14-15 at a junction near Albufeira’s ‘worm roundabout’ and the three-star Janelas do Mar Hotel, where he had been staying with a friend.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that he died on Wednesday after having been transferred in a critical condition to Faro Hospital by paramedics who treated him at the scene of the incident.

It is believed Mr Haggath, a keen bowls player for Dunston Bowls Club, had been returning to his hotel from the resort's notorious strip when he was set upon and left with broken cheek bones, a fractured skull and blood on the brain.

He has two brothers and one of them is thought to have flown from Tyneside to the Algarve.

Mr Haggath was found by three fellow holidaymakers, one of whom said they had tried to help him, 'until the ambulance came'.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, added that his friend had also 'had bottles and stones thrown at him, about five minutes before the man got attacked'.

His friend had described his assailants as 'four young lads: one had ginger hair', and warned: 'The Montechoro area and top of the strip are not safe in the early hours of the morning.' Read More