British student, 22, stabbed to death on Amsterdam holiday would ‘light up a room’


A 22-year-old British student has died after being stabbed during a holiday in Amsterdam.

Danny Castledine had dreamed to visit the Netherlands city for a long time, but while visiting it he was repeatedly stabbed in the neck on June 1.

The tragedy happened in an Amsterdam canal and the McDonald’s worker sadly died a short while later.

A 22-year-old Belgian man was arrested on the same day on suspicion of manslaughter.

During an inquest into Mr Castledine’s death at Nottingham Council House in July, coroner Mairin Casey said Danny was formally identified on June 11 by his parents Alison and Paul Castledine.

She said: “A post mortem has been carried out which found a provisional cause of death of 1a) multiple stab wounds.”

The accused, who was remanded in custody ahead of a preliminary hearing on August 26, will appear in court this month, Leeds Live reports.

Danny was described by his heartbroken family as someone who loved going on holidays, having travelled to 23 countries in his lifetime.

Friends said he would “light up a room” and dreamed of working to promote music festivals.

Danny was in his final year at Leeds Beckett University studying events management before his death. He also had a passion for fashion design, clothes, and travel.

His parents said: “Danny had a long list of places that he wanted to visit in the future. One of those was to the Bahamas to swim with pigs. His ambition was to work on and promote music festivals as a career, and probably live abroad.”

The family said: “He would be out with his schooldays friends, and fitting in shifts at McDonald’s to fund his extravagant lifestyle.

“He also had a major passion for fashion, and thought nothing of spending large on designer gear, from t-shirts to trainers.”

Danny’s loved ones set up a fundraising page in a bit to tackle knife crime and have so far raised £14,770.

Michael Hagan, head of travel law at Fletchers Group, who are supporting the family in the UK, said: “The family want to create a legacy for Danny and to this end have set up a fundraising page in his memory.

“Incidents like this really are the stuff of nightmares. Danny was a caring and kind young man with his whole life ahead of him.

“He was killed in an act of senseless and brutal violence and his tragic loss is something that his loving parents, sister and family will now have to bear for the rest of their lives.”