Five jailed in Spain over Halloween horror stampede

A doll head is seen among rubbish in the car park of the arena where five people were crushed to death at a Halloween party in 2012 (Getty)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A court in Spain has jailed five men over the stampede at a Halloween event which killed five women in 2012.

The men were jailed for between two-and-a-half and four years after they were found guilty of negligent homicide. Along with another two men, they were fined a total of €350,000 (£304,000).

Miguel Angel Flores, the owner of the company that organised the party, received the longest sentence, having been found guilty of five counts of homicide.   

The stampede took place in the early hours of November 1, 2012 at the Madrid-Arena venue. A crush developed in a corridor when the star DJ began playing. 

Three women aged between 18 and 20 were killed in the stampede and two other women, aged between 17 and 20, died later in hospital.

The court said that Flores sold 16,492 tickets for the venue, despite the maximum capacity being just 10,620 people. Flores was also found to have closed exit routes and stairs to fit as many people in as possible.

According to the Local, the court ruled that Flores's actions "generated obvious risk for the physical safety of those present".