UFC fighter Darren Till fined £700 after being convicted for trashing a hotel and ‘stealing’ a taxi in Tenerife
- Darren Till has been convicted of trashing a hotel with friends and ‘stealing’ taxi
- The Liverpool-born UFC star has been fined more than £700 by a Spanish court
- He and his friends must also pay more than £8,500 in compensation to the hotel
- The five Brits appeared in court after being held by police for nearly two days
MMA fighter Darren Till has been fined more than £700 by a Spanish court after being convicted of trashing a hotel with four British holiday pals and ‘stealing’ a taxi.
The Liverpool-born 26-year-old and his tourist friends have also been ordered to pay more than £8,500 in compensation to the hotel they vandalised.
MMA fighter Darren Till has been fined more than £700 for trashing a hotel and ‘stealing’ a taxi
The detentions happened after a taxi driver told police two men including a holidaymaker later identified as Till had jumped in his taxi and driven off as he loaded their luggage into the boot.
Police stopped the Volkswagen Caddy shortly afterwards.
It later transpired the two tourists and three other men all believed to have been part of the same group of holiday friends, had been refused permission to check into a hotel early on Thursday morning after being kicked out of another nearby luxury hotel they were staying at.
Respected Tenerife newspaper El Dia said they were given their marching orders after smashing up furniture and emptying fire extinguishers at the hotel.
Well placed sources named the hotel on Monday as La Plantacion del Sur, a colonial Canarian-style five star hotel near Bahia del Duque beach which is a 20-minute drive from Tenerife South Airport.
Till and his friends have been ordered to pay more than £8,500 in compensation to the hotel
There was no immediate comment from the hotel, which is part the Vincci Hotels group and boasts a massive ‘Nammu’ spa and tropical gardens.
A court official confirmed the five Brits had been fined and ordered to pay compensation on Saturday after appearing before a duty court in Arona over Thursday morning’s incident.
The holidaymakers admitted wrongdoing as part of a plea bargain deal.
The official said: ‘Court of Investigation Number Four in Arona, acting as a duty court on Saturday, sentenced five British men for different incidents that occurred last Thursday.
‘The men admitted wrongdoing.’
Identifying Till by his initials D.T, he said: ‘The sportsman D.T. and another man were sentenced as authors of a crime of damage and unauthorised use of a vehicle.
Till last featured in the UFC in May, when he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal at the O2
‘For the crime of damage they were ordered to pay £415 each and for the crime of unauthorised use of a vehicle they were told to pay a fine of £310 each.
‘Together with the three other accused they were ordered to pay the hotel where they caused the damage £8,665 (€10,000).
Till’s whereabouts on Monday were not known and he has made no mention of last Thursday’s incident on his social media accounts. He cannot appeal the sentence because he accepted responsibility for his actions.
The 6ft, 12st fighter, known as the Gorilla, competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
He called out Conor McGregor for an April UFC clash in January, listing Ireland, Las Vegas and Liverpool’s Anfield stadium as potential fight destinations and having a dig at the Irishman’s whiskey brand by saying Proper Twelve is ‘proper s***’
The fighter cannot appeal the sentence because he accepted responsibility for his actions
Till, who began training in Muay Thai at the age of 12 and turned professional at the age of 15, was stabbed twice in the back at a party in August 2012 after confronting a large group of men. The knife missed his main artery by a millimetre.
He later moved to Brazil to pursue his MMA career and teach Muay Thai, staying in the South American country for three and a half years and becoming fluent in Portuguese.
Four West Brom players got into hot water after allegedly stealing a taxi to get back to their hotel from a McDonald’s drive-through in Barcelona in February last year while their driver was placing their order.
They were named at the time as skipper Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore, and Boaz Myhill.
They apologised over the incident and were later told the Barcelona court handed a police report on the incident was shelving its probe because of ‘lack of proof.’
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