Body of John Pender brought home

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The body of John Pender is due to be flown home on June 28 followed by cremation over the weekend. The Shankill man father-of-two died after being stabbed with a broken bottle in a bar in Spain on June 21.

Mr Pender (53) was killed when he was assaulted in the Pogs Old Irish Rock pub in Fuengirola in Spain.

Mr Pender, an acupuncturist who also worked at a Dublin suicide charity, was allegedly attacked in the toilets of the pub while on holidays in Spain. His wife works at the same charity.

The incident is understood to have taken place after Mr Pender asked another man to stop bothering his wife and a friend’s partner.

heartbroken

In a death notice on the website RIP.ie Mr Pender’s family said: “He will be sadly missed by his loving and heartbroken wife, children, Dad, brother Stephen and sister Christine.”

The notice adds Mr Pender, originally from Deansgrange, Dublin died tragically and suddenly while on holidays.

Leigh Anthony Gardiner (49), a chef from Britain appeared in court in Spain after being arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Pender.

his huge presence leaves an immense void in our lives

The Department of Foreign Affairs refused to comment on this specific case but said repatriations of the body of an Irish national to Ireland “can take seven to 10 days, although they often take longer”.

The Suicide or Survive charity Mr Pender worked with for several years said in a Facebook statement: “The Board of Suicide or Survive, its management and staff, and its close knit family of supporters deeply regret the loss of their beautiful friend and colleague, John Pender, husband of our founder and chief executive Caroline McGuigan.”

“John’s sudden and tragic death has shocked us all and the loss of his huge presence leaves an immense void in our lives.”

“We extend our love and support to Caroline, Conor and Amy and the extended family.”

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