Stag party ended with man’s death

Coat­bridge groom-to-be in chaotic hol­i­day car jack­ing

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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

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