A post mortem found 19-year-old Tom Ousby had been hit around the head, had a black eye and severe bruising to his back.
Today the Daily Star Sunday backs Tom’s heartbroken family in calling for justice – and are urging British authorities to open a murder investigation into his death.
Tom’s mum Lea said: “Someone, somewhere has answers. Tom was beaten up before his fall. Evidence tells us the way he fell indicates he was unconscious before he hit the ground.
“This suggests he was thrown over or pushed. He didn’t jump himself like some people have said. It suggests he was murdered.
“Someone out there knows they are responsible and evidence we have means there are people out there who know more but are refusing to talk. They are responsible too and we will not rest until we get justice for our son.”
She added: “Our lives have stopped since Tom’s death. I lie awake at night imagining the most horrific things. We can’t stop, not until we have some answers.”
Last night Dominic Grieve, Attorney General and the family’s MP, welcomed our call to join in the campaign for justice, confirming he would be happy to meet the family.
Popular musician Tom was working the summer season in the party resort on Mallorca, Spain, last year.
On August 1, he died after plunging from the ninth floor of Parc Atlantic Hotel. But Tom had not been on a night out in the hours leading up to his death. He had been at home in his apartment and something made him get up early and go to the hotel before 7am.
Tests proved he had no drugs and only minimal alcohol in his system and witnesses have come forward to say they saw Tom being chased through the grounds of the hotel by two mystery men in the moments leading up to the fall.
Lea said: “He was in bed at his apartment, something made him leave his bed.
“We have suspicions over who he was meeting but that person will no longer help us, which suggests they have something to hide.
“We have only received the written statements and the post-mortem results in the past couple of months. We have had to wait this long and we had to get them all translated.
“It has been a nightmare.
“I know when someone dies abroad it is a long process but it has been a farce.
“It seems the Spanish authorities want to sweep this under the carpet, and it is so frustrating. It just makes you so angry.”
Spanish police have closed the case despite all the evidence pointing to foul play.
The Parc Atlantic Hotel says it no longer has any CCTV footage of the fateful night, raising the family’s suspicions further. And the family has had little help from British authorities.
“We have been to the police who have done nothing,” Lea said.
“We wrote to David Cameron who advised us to appoint a Spanish lawyer, which we had already done. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have not helped and just acted like glorified messengers.”
The Met Police yesterday said Spain was “not under their jurisdiction”.
Spokesman Eddie Townsend said: “It is not our job. We may have provided the family with a liaison service but we would not call for any investigation or push for anything.”
And the Foreign Office said it “cannot interfere”.
Source: Slan Hewitt, Daily Star / Photo: W8 MEDIA