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Story By: Joseph Golder, Sub-Editor: Joe Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the 27-year-old AFC Ajax fan who was beaten to death in Majorca by rich thugs out of pure “sadism” and who the authorities say fled the Spanish island and hired an army of lawyers to avoid extradition back to Palma.
Dutch tourist Carlo Heuvelman was on holiday on the Spanish island when he was beaten to death by a group of thugs who even kicked him in the head when he was on the ground.
So far, the authorities have only made one arrest although they are hoping to finalise the arrests of seven suspected accomplices soon, according to local media.
They were reportedly part of a group of 13 Dutch tourists who rented a luxury villa not far from Platja de Palma, in the s’Arenal de Llucmajor area.
The suspects have reportedly hired “an army of lawyers” in a bid to avoid extradition back to Majorca.
According to the authorities, the suspects are all Dutch citizens.
Tourists and locals have been leaving flowers near where Heuvelman died in Son Espases in the Majorca capital Palma.
Spanish media outlet Ultima Hora reports that Heuvelman was beaten to death for no apparent reason, as blows and kicks rained down on him in what has been described as a pure act “of sadism”.
The media outlet also says that he never got into trouble and according to his friends, he was a diehard Ajax fan.
It is also reported that the eight suspects had set out to go clubbing and at dawn, they left the premises and roamed the streets allegedly looking for victims to beat up.
They allegedly attacked three different groups of Dutchmen, including Heuvelman and four of his friends.
They first knocked out the four friends before turning their attention to the victim, according to reports.
Heuvelman received a hail of blows and was kicked in the head when he was on the ground. He developed a haematoma on his brain and died four days later.
He worked for a company called Luitec, selling air-conditioners in the town of Alphen Aan Den Rijn, which is near Utrecht. He was 27 years old and a few days ago, he travelled to Majorca to spend his holidays with his friends in Platja de Palma.
According to local media outlet Diario de Mallorca, a court in Palma is currently processing European arrest warrants for the remaining suspects. It has not been ruled out that Spanish investigators could travel to the Netherlands to carry out the arrests if necessary.
None of the suspects have been identified. The only person arrested at the time of writing is a young man who stayed behind to return the keys to the luxury villa that the group of suspects had rented.
The investigation is ongoing.