Dad died on holiday after pub attack

26 October 2018, 05:46 | Updated: 26 October 2018, 05:48

steven lane

A man has been found guilty of the murder of a father-of-two who died hours into his holiday in Turkey after being assaulted in a Blackpool pub.

Simon Marx, 42, was physically sick shortly after he arrived in the coastal resort of Fethiye in the early hours of October 8 and then fell asleep as his girlfriend, Louise Darnbrough, placed him on his side.

When his partner awoke at 7am she found him cold and blue in colour and raised the alarm, but Mr Marx had died overnight, a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court heard.

On Thursday, Steven Lane, 30, of Fulwood, Preston, was found guilty of the murder of Mr Marx, who was attacked in the Newton Arms at about 12.20am on October 7.

David Easter, 54, from Blackpool, was found not guilty of murder.

The trial was told Lane had stamped on Mr Marx while he was unconscious on the floor, in an attack which followed a verbal altercation.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Marx died from a blunt force head trauma.

Detective Chief Inspector, Gareth Willis of Blackpool Police, said: "Nobody expects to go on holiday, and not return home. These are such tragic circumstances and understandably this has been an incredibly difficult time for his family.

"I hope today's conviction will bring them some justice and allow them to move forward."

In a tribute, Mr Marx's mother Carol Marx, sister Clare Collins and fiancee Miss Darnbrough said: "Simon was a much loved dad, son, uncle, fiance and friend. Nicknamed by his friends as Smiler, he lit up a room with his smile and truly lived and loved life to the full."

They added: "We miss everything about Simon - his wicked sense of humour, famous lack of punctuality, kind nature and his hugs which were just the best.

"Simon has left a huge dent in a lot of people's lives and we now need to try and find a new normal without him."

Lane was also convicted of wounding with intent after Rick Alston, a friend of Mr Marx, sustained a laceration to his head.

He is due to be sentenced on November 2.