‘We must all be patient so we get to the truth’

Luke Rhoden
Luke Rhoden

THE father of Ibiza tragedy victim Luke Rhoden says he is now confident that the authorities are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of why his son died.

Luke, 25, a former Wigan Warriors youth player, died during a stag do night out on the party isle in September. He had been due to act as best man at groom-to-be Mike Rutter’s wedding the following month.

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 suggested he had been man-handled by heavy-handed Spanish Civil Guards.

Luke’s dad, Norman, 44, of Ince, was initially left frustrated by the apparent lack of action by the Spanish authorities.

But, despite a subsequent post mortem failing to ascertain an exact cause of death, he says he is now confident that “no stone is being left unturned”.

He said: “We’re still waiting for the Spanish police to complete their inquiries. It’s a time to be patient now because the Spanish authorities know this is not going to go away.

“I don’t mind waiting, though, as long as we get the answers we need at the end of it all. If the investigation had been over too quickly I would have been questioning why it wasn’t more thorough.

“As long as every piece of evidence is turned up, I’ll be satisfied. I’m in regular touch with the Greater Manchester Police DCI who is handling the case and, right now, it’s important that I let things take their course.

“If the coroner thinks someone is dragging their feet then he has the power to get involved.”

Norman, who admitted that he wasn’t looking forward to his first Christmas without Luke, told of his gratitude to everyone who had helped raise the funds required to repatriate his son’s body following the tragedy.

He also told how Luke’s funeral at St John’s Church in Pemberton, which was attended by hundreds of mourners including several Wigan rugby stars, ex-teammate Sam Tomkins and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, had been “the perfect send-off”.

He added: “I wasn’t surprised by the turnout because Luke was a very popular lad. That was why I booked such a big church - but even that one wasn’t quite big enough.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was the perfect send-off.”