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A DJ from Faversham is suing Spanish authorities after he claims he was beaten to within an inch of his life by police in Ibiza.
Oliver Sebastien, of Fostall Road, spent three days in intensive care, needed a skin graft and was close to kidney failure after he says he was handcuffed and attacked by San Antonio officers.
He claims his drink was spiked during his first day at Ocean Beach Club just hours after he arrived on the party island. He was due to DJ there later that day.
Mr Sebastien, 27, told the Daily Star Sunday: "Just three hours or so into the day, my drink was spiked.
"It seems that I became delirious and was causing a nuisance. An English security guard handcuffed me, then shortly after I was handed to the Spanish police.
"They put a second pair of cuffs on me and proceeded to tighten both sets to the point where it felt like the handcuffs were grinding against my wrist bones.
"I was in excruciating pain and felt helpless. My memory is not completely clear but I do remember being roughed about.
"The next thing I remember is being naked, strapped to a hospital bed by my hands and feet and urinating blood."
Speaking on Facebook, Mr Sebastien said he was put in a 24-hour induced coma and spent three days in intensive care.
He said: "It seems I was spiked on Ocean Beach.
"I apparently took on the Guardia Civil, thus them giving me a beating of a lifetime whilst being double cuffed, needing a light skin graft and leaving me close to kidney failure."
Mr Sebastien now has plans to sue the Spanish police for damages and is working with top British solicitor Nick Turner.
Mr Turner, who works for Russel and Co, said the injuries on his client were "criminal" and "amounted to torture".
He said: "He was in absolute agony. His hands and face were extremely swollen and he could not see properly for 72 hours.
"His recollections of this horrendous ordeal are sketchy but he does remember taking repeated hits to the head and strikes across the body with what felt like fists and weapons of some sort.
"All along his wrists were still bound by two sets of handcuffs. He genuinely feared he was going to die.
"The photos of his injuries cannot lie and are absolutely horrific."
Mr Sebastien says he was left stunned when two weeks after the attack he discovered he was being charged for resisting arrest and damaging an ambulance.
But he was released after he showed the authorities the graphic pictures of his injuries.
Mr Turner added: "This is an appalling case. I intend to ensure the Spanish police are made aware that treating British citizens in this manner will not be tolerated."
A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed it was aware of the arrest and said officials gave consular assistance.
A San Antonio Police spokesman told the paper: "Everything has been sent to the court. It is the decision of a judge."
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