13:42 / 14.05.2020.

Author: Katja Miličić

British man sentenced to 25 years for killing countryman at Zrće nightclub

Kane Douglas is escorted into the courtroom  (Photo: Radio Zadar)

Kane Douglas is escorted into the courtroom (Photo: Radio Zadar)

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A court in Zadar has sentenced 27-year old Briton Kane Douglas to 25 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of another Briton, Ugo Wilson, outside of a nightclub in 2018.

Security camera video showed Kane Douglas stabbed the victim, Ugo Wilson, in the chest with a sharp object just seconds after he exited the Kalypso nightclub in the early hours of June 27, 2018, Zadar County Court Judge Sandra Radanović said as she read the verdict. Douglas stabbed another Briton in the chest and a third in the leg during the same altercation. Both men survived the attack.

“The accused acted with intent. In the UK he was convicted multiple times on charges of offenses against the state and public order, theft and property crimes, drug trafficking, and slander. The punishment for all of these crimes did not steer him toward lawful conduct. This is an individual with criminal tendencies. He also fled the scene of the crime and tried to leave Croatia. He did not wait for police or emergency services, but fled the scene on a moped, changed his appearance, and tried to board a plane to fly to England. Taking into account these circumstances, he is convicted to 25 years,” the judge said.

Douglas was sentenced to 17 years for murder, 8 years for attempted murder, and another two years for inflicting bodily harm. The two years he has spent in custody awaiting trial will be treated as time served, the judge ruled. Douglas appeared calm and unmoved by the verdict. 

At the time of the murder, media in Croatia had speculated the incident was part of a turf war between rival British drug gangs operating on the popular strip of beachfront nightclubs in Zrće.

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