Friday, May 17, 2013

Cyprus: Update--British Tourist, 19, Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Death of British Soldier, 19


As a follow-up to my posting of November 7, 2012, British tourist Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison in Cyprus this week in connection with the stabbing death of British soldier David Lee Collins, 19, at Club Black n' White in Ayia Napa.
 
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.
COMMENT: According to court records, one of the tourists, Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, told police he stabbed the victim in self-defense when his friends were engaged in an altercation with 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.
Collins was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, when he was stabbed to death the day before he was due to fly out to Afghanistan.