Man wanted for Milton Keynes assault is found dead on Spanish beach

Francis Brennan
Francis Brennan

A man wanted in connection with an assault in Milton Keynes has been found dead in Spain.

Francis Brennan, 25, of Liverpool, fled the UK ahead of a sentencing date last October for an assault in July 2012.

Brennan, who was arrested with two others from Liverpool, had been charged with one count of section 18 wounding, one of affray, and possession of a knife following an affray at a Swedish House Mafia gig at MK Bowl. The incident took place on July 14 in 2012, and three people were injured. One was treated for a punctured lung and several puncture wounds.

Brennan was last seen in Alicante on January 24 when he was stopped in a friend’s car by several men posing as police officers. Spanish police believe he was taken against his will.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that a body found on a beach in the La Zenia area of Alicante on Saturday was last night formally identified by the Spanish authorities as Francis Brennan.

“Francis’s parents have been informed of his death and a family liaison officer from Merseyside Police is providing them with support and advice at this difficult time.

“A live police investigation carried out by the authorities in Spain remains ongoing.”

In February, his parents, Carl and Janet, appealed to the public here and the British ex-pat community in Spain to come forward with any information that could lead to his safe return.