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Crete resort death: West Sussex man guilty of manslaughter

Archie Lloyd Image copyright PA
Image caption Archie Lloyd was treated on the scene by medics and allowed to return to his villa

A club promoter has been found guilty of killing a teenager with a single punch outside a Greek nightclub.

Harrow pupil Archie Lloyd was celebrating the end of his A-level exams with friends in Malia, Crete, when he was struck on 6 August 2015.

The 18-year-old, from Micheldever, Hampshire, returned to his villa but was later found dead in bed.

Sebastian Trabucatti, 25, from West Sussex, was given a suspended sentence for manslaughter by a court in Crete.

Giving evidence, he admitted "slapping" Mr Lloyd after the teenager told him "one day you will work for me" during a row.

The defendant, who cried throughout most of the hearing, denied being responsible for the death.

The court heard Trabucatti assaulted the teenager and a friend during a drunken row in the popular resort.

Image caption Mr Lloyd was attacked outside the Cloud Nine club in Malia

Medics treated Mr Lloyd outside the Cloud Nine club before allowing him to return to a villa in nearby Sissi.

A few hours later friends found him dead with blood on his pillow.

Trabucatti, who told the court he lived in Haywards Heath, said he had felt threatened during the row.

"I never expected anything like this to ever happen," he told the court in Heraklion.

Three judges and four jurors found him guilty of first degree manslaughter and handed him a suspended four-year prison sentence.

Mr Lloyd's family, who had travelled to Crete to give evidence in the case, said they were "pleased" with the outcome.

In a statement, they said: "We have been waiting almost three years for the day when Archie's attacker was brought to justice and we are relieved that this moment has finally come.

"Sebastian Trabucatti took our wonderful son, brother and friend away from us when he attacked him, shattering many lives as a result."

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