Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cyprus: Update on British Soldier Stabbed to Death by Three British Tourists

According to The Cyprus Mail, three British tourists, two of Pakistani descent and one  ethnic Somali, appeared at the Famagusta District Court yesterday (November 5) in connection with the fatal stabbing of David Lee Collins, 19, British soldier during a nightclub brawl in Ayia Napa. They will be remanded while Cypriot police conduct their investigation.
Collins, from Manchester, died minutes after being stabbed in the chest after a fight broke out early Sunday morning (November 4), before he was due to be deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
They have not been formally charged, but could face possible charges of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of an offensive weapon. If convicted, they could face life in prison.
COMMENT: According to court records, one of the tourists, Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, told police he stabbed the victim in self-defence when his friends were allegedly assaulted by a group of British soldiers. 

The other two tourists, both 17, could not be identified because of their ages.
Subsequent to the death of Collins, a search of the hotel room of the three suspects revealed eleven knives and a knuckleduster and an undisclosed quantity of cannabis. 

The knife used to stab Collins was purchased at an Ayia Napa souvenir shop and found at the scene of the crime.

What is unknown at the moment is who initiated an alternation that resulted in Fuselier Collins' death.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.