Dad’s plea to bring Luke home

Mike Rutter and Luke Rhoden
Mike Rutter and Luke Rhoden

THE family of Ibiza tragedy victim Luke Rhoden need to raise up to £8,000 to help bring the body of the former Wigan Warriors’ youth player back home.

Luke’s father, Norman, who has appealed to Wigan MP Lisa Nandy for help in his fight for justice, fears the cost of repatriation could be between 8,000 and 10,000 Euros as his son had not paid for insurance.

Mr Rhoden is flying out to Ibiza today in his quest to find out the truth behind his son’s tragic death.

Luke, 25, died during a stag do night out on the party isle. It was initially thought he had died of a heart attack after falling from a balcony at the popular Ibiza Rocks hotel. But mobile phone footage and eye witness accounts which emerged in the hours after his death suggest he was horrifically beaten by Spanish Civil Guards,

He had been due to act as best man at groom-to-be Mike Rutter’s wedding next month.

Mr Rutter, who played rugby alongside his pal from an early age and had known him for 20 years, admitted he was still in a state of shock following his return home.

Mr Rutter, who is due to tie the knot with Kelly Rothwell in Wigan next month, said Luke’s memory would be central to the ceremony - which is set to go ahead despite the tragedy.

He said: “I’ve been inundated with calls and text messages from people who want to help Luke’s family. Everyone seems to understand that this money just needs to be raised.

“It’s not just the cost of bringing Luke’s body back home it’s the cost of his family flying out to Ibiza too.”