Irish funnyman Andy Quirke, best known for playing Damo Whelan and Ivor Itchdaddy in the RTE Two show Damo and Ivor, posted on Facebook yesterday that his girlfriend was drugged in Puerto Banus.
“I just want to pass on a warning to all my friends that maybe in and around Puerto Banús Marbella. Last night whilst out with friends my girlfriend was drugged with a opiate based drug. We were in a bar called Astral at the end of the port that is a themed as an old ship. We arrived at 10pm and stayed for 3 hours. At around 12.15am a magician / street performer dressed in a sparkling light green costume who we had refused earlier in the evening returned to put on a 5 minute table show.
“During this time a clown tried to sell us roses (also a known cocaine and opiate dealer). The magician asked for my friends phone to take a group photo and asked for the code to unlock it ( whose unlock code is same as their ATM card pin ). While looking at the magic show I believe that the two guys behind us dropped this drug into Grace’s drink. 30 mins later when we left Grace collapsed outside the bar and we struggled to find any authorities to come to our help.
“I manger to get Grace to hospital where they confirmed the symptoms and effects of this type particular drug and that its traces where in her blood and urine samples. The hospital also confirmed 12 other incidents of same attack this week in Banús. They are after gold watches ( my friend was wearing one) and after drugging they have victims pin codes for ATMs. I believe there were two women and two men posing as couples beside us and the clown and the magician are part of the same gang working together.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to experience what happened to us last night. Grace is ok now but very shaken by what happened. Please share this message with anyone you know travelling to Marbella.”
This is the latest incident in a series of druggings in the Port. Last summer the Olive Press newspaper ran a campaign highlighting the dangers of drink spiking in Marbella.