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Two tourists held in Dominican Republic for death of Canadian

SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. – Two men being detained following the death of a Barrie man in a beach resort bar have been identified as a Canadian and an Algerian tourist.

Prosecutor Mercedes Santana said the men face possible charges of voluntary homicide in the death of 19 year old Jordan Morrison.

On Monday, a judge decided that evidence is sufficient to hold the men for at least three months as investigators continue to examine the case.

However, defence lawyer Eloy Bello said the men were intoxicated at the time of the brawl and there was no intention to kill Morrison, as the trouble started only after Morrison intervened in a fight between a woman and one other tourist.

He stated the accused should face nothing greater than the charge of involuntary manslaughter, arguing that Morrison’s death was an accident which occurred when he fell and hit his head on the ground during the fight.

Both detained men live in Montreal. They have been identified as Canadian citizen Dmytro Aref Yev and Algerian national Bouzid Redha.

Local police said Morrison died on the way to hospital after suffering a beating over unspecified “personal differences” involving beer bottles outside the bar.  

The judge ordered three other Canadian tourists released on bail as they did not have a direct role in the fight, but they are not allowed to leave the country.

The five involved range between 19 and 21 years old. They were all treated for minor injuries following the fight at the Grand Paradise Bavaro hotel in Punta Cana, located approximately 200 kilometres east of Santo Domingo.