Three bouncers from a German nightclub have been arrested in connection with the death of Lee Heath, a handyman from Hackney.
Mr Heath 31 was beaten to death by the three men when he attended the “u60311’ club in Frankfurt on Monday night.
He suffered severe internal injuries and fatal blows to the head and died and died in hospital two days later after several surgeries.
The doormen, aged 35, 32 and 29 are being held on suspicion of manslaughter.
One of the suspects was a semi-professional boxer, and local police are investigating whether he used reinforced “tactical gloves” to beat Mr Heath.
Having taken statements from over ten witnesses officers have gathered that this attack was entirely unprovoked.
A spokesman for Frankfurt police said: “They all said this man was not aggressive. We do not know the reason why the incident started.
“The witnesses said he was walking to get a drink and the doormen grabbed him from behind. We don’t know why.”
Mr Heath had moved from Hackney to Frankfurt to be with his German girlfriend in 2009.
“His girlfriend was in the bathroom and came back when it had all happened so she also doesn’t know why it happened,” said a police officer.
“One of the men, the 35-year-old, from Greece, is a boxer. He was wearing tactical gloves filled with some hard material, a kind of sand.”
Mr Heath died in hospital on Wednesday after undergoing several operations. His mother, Marie Heath, 52, from Silver End in Essex, and younger brother Danny, 28, had flown to Germany to be by his side.
She said: “They are not human beings. They can’t be human beings to do that.”