Stag party ended with man’s death
Coatbridge groom-to-be in chaotic holiday car jacking
Tributes have been paid to a Coatbridge man with a “troubled past” who died on holiday after it was alleged he took a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs.
Kevin Daffurn – who was on his stag party in Tenerife – was found dead on Friday evening, shortly after crashing a vehicle he had “carjacked” and attempting to steal another car and a motorbike on a busy motorway.
After fleeing the scene the 30- year- old collapsed and died next to a roundabout.
The father-of-two, who grew up in Coatbridge but lived in Harthill, was due to marry in February.
He arrived in Tenerife with friends last Thursday and took part in a marathon drink- and- drugs session through the night before carjacking a Mitsubishi at 2pm on Friday.
The 42-year-old female Spanish passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries after throwing herself out of the vehicle amid fears she was being kidnapped.
After crashing the car Daffurn tried to force a woman out of a second vehicle before attempting to steal a motorbike.
A Spanish police source said: “The carjacking and the events that followed were like something out of a film.
“The driver of the Mitsubishi had stopped outside a shopping centre and got out of the car for a moment but left the keys in the ignition.
“The woman in the passenger seat leapt out of the vehicle on the motorway fearing she was possibly being kidnapped.
“She suffered bruises and some other injuries and was taken to hospital but fortunately she was not seriously hurt.
“The tourist crashed the car, then tried to steal another car and then a motorbike and ended up running along the hard shoulder before jumping over the central reservation as traffic came to a standstill in the chaos.”
“He could have been trying to get to his hotel but at the moment it’s not really clear.”
Tests on blood and tissue samples taken from Daffurn will now be sent to a specialist laboratory to determine exactly what substances he had taken and how much alcohol was in his body.
The police source continued: “The autopsy was carried out on Saturday afternoon and showed that the British tourist found on Friday afternoon died of a pulmonary edema caused by a cocktail of substances including alcohol.
“Further tests will now take place to determine exactly how much alcohol he consumed in the hours before his death and what other substances he took.”
Kevin Daffurn was jailed for four years in October 2008 after being convicted at Airdrie Sheriff Court for seriously injuring five people, including a police officer, over a two-month period.
He was also given 120 hours of community service in 2014 for continually harassing a woman through phone calls and text messages.
Well-wishers have been posting messages of condolences online since the incident last Friday.
Lesley Anne Carroll said: “People do silly things but we are only human. We don’t know the consequences at the time.”
Stacey Lawrie commented with a heart emoji: “Sad that another young life has gone. RIP.”
Lisa Corner simply posted: “God bless u Kevin x.”
The events that followed were like out of a a film Spokesman
Party time However the fun turned to tragedy. Kevin Daffurn died in Tenerife