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27 January 2012

Canadian tourist beaten in Mexico returns home

A Canadian tourist badly beaten whilst holidaying in a Mexican resort has been safely repatriated by air ambulance.

The victim, 37-year-old Sheila Nabb is said to be in much discomfort following her ordeal at the Hotel Riu Emerald Bay, in the resort of Mazatlan.

Mrs Nabb was attacked in a lift at the resort and was left very badly injured, requiring her jaw to be wired shut. Though travelling back to Canada without bandaging, she is said to be in need of significant facial reconstruction.

However, this is set to be delayed for an indeterminate amount of time, as she recovers from pneumonia at a local hospital in Calgary, Canada.

Since the medical evacuation, a man who was also staying at the hotel has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Video surveillance from the hotel is said to show a 25-year-old man, who is also a Canadian citizen, repeatedly punching and stamping on Mrs Nabb. He was arrested with blood on his knuckles and chin.

The cost of an air ambulance can vary, though easily costs in the tens of thousands of pounds. The victim in this instance is thought to have had sufficient insurance to cover most of the costs, though a trust fund was also set up which has thus far raised several thousands of Canadian dollars.

People from the UK considering visiting Mexico, particularly Mazatlan, are not being warned off travelling, but are advised to exercise care. However, as this attack seems to have been from a Canadian national on a fellow citizen, quite what the relevance of any additional advice would be is unclear.