Club promoter Man who killed boy with one punch is spared jail


A club promoter has been found guilty of first degree manslaughter in Crete over the death of a schoolboy who he punched during a row.

Harrow pupil Archie Lloyd, 18, was celebrating the end of his A-level exams with friends in Malia when he was knocked to the floor by a single punch from Sebastian Trabucatti in August 2015.

Judges decided the killer would be spared any immediate jail time and handed him a suspended four-year prison sentence.

Trabucatti appeared at the Court of First Instance in Heraklion after a UK coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest in 2016.

The 25-year-old man hit the teenager during a row at 5am in the middle of a street off Malia’s main strip, the Crete court was told.

Mr Lloyd, of Micheldever near Winchester, Hampshire, died on the penultimate day of his Interrail holiday after the assault near the Cloud Nine nightclub where Trabucatti had worked.

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Sebastian Trabucatti claimed he slapped the boy rather than punched him

Mr Lloyd and his best friend Andy Hutchinson had been walking in the middle of the road but clashed with Trabucatti when he and two women on quad bikes hooted at them to move out of the way.

They had briefly met hours earlier in a nightclub toilet where they talked about girls and their trip, the courtroom was told.

Trabucatti, who said in court he lived in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, punched Mr Lloyd in the face and pushed over Mr Hutchinson after telling the pair to apologise for shouting obscenities to the women, the court heard.

Trabucatti denied being responsible for the death, claiming it was a slap and not a punch, and said: “I never expected anything like this to ever happen.”

A family statement released through lawyers said: “We have been waiting almost three years for the day when Archie’s attacker was brought to justice and we are relieved that this moment has finally come.

“Sebastian Trabucatti took our wonderful son, brother and friend away from us when he attacked him, shattering many lives as a result.

“While nothing will bring Archie back, we are pleased that he was found guilty of the first degree criminal offence of which he was accused.”

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