Luke’s dad asks MP for help in justice battle

Luke Rhoden
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THE father of Ibiza tragedy victim Luke Rhoden has appealed to Wigan MP Lisa Nandy for help in his fight for justice.

Norman Rhoden has also met up with Mike Rutter – the groom-to-be left devastated by the death of his best man – following his return home from Spain.

Luke died during a stag do night out on the party isle in which he fell from a balcony at the popular Ibiza Rocks hotel.

Police initially told Mr Rhoden that his son had survived the fall but acted erratically, before being restrained by police and suffering a heart attack.

But conflicting reports have since emerged in which holidaymakers allege that the ex Wigan Warriors youth player was given a beating by Spanish civil guards. Mobile phone footage, believed to show Luke being battered with police batons, has been handed to the British Consulate in Spain.

Norman, 44, of Brownlow Avenue, Ince, said: “Lisa Nandy has been in touch. She’s going to speak to the Foreign Office and try to help us get Luke’s body back home.

“He didn’t have insurance so she’s also going to try to help us in terms of the cost of his repatriation.

“I’ve also asked her to do all she can with regard to ensuring there is a full investigation into what went on.”

He added: “I met up with the groom, Mike Rutter, on his return home and he passed on my son’s clothing and personal items.

“He told me he wasn’t actually there as the incident unfolded because a group of them had gone back out and Luke had stayed at the hotel.

“Then, in the couple of days after Luke’s death - while they were still out there - the group tried to obtain bits of information by speaking to staff at the hotel and requesting CCTV footage.

“But they were told they couldn’t speak to the police, which was worrying to hear.”

Lisa Nandy MP said: “The outpouring of grief since the news was announced is a testament to Luke’s popularity. It’s a tragedy to lose someone so young, but in such a short time he made a huge contribution as a talented rugby league player.

“There are still serious questions surrounding the circumstances in which Luke lost his life.

“As the family’s local MP, I have been in regular contact with the Foreign Office and I am working with Luke’s family to support them during this difficult time.”