Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Greece: Briton,19, Stabbed to Death on Crete, 15 Arrested Outside Bar in Malia

According to The Guardian, a 19-year-old British tourist was stabbed in the heart and died instantly outside a bar in Malia on Crete during the early morning hours of Tuesday (July 23). The Briton responsible for the death has been arrested, as well as 15 other British party-goers. 

The suspect in the homicide has been remanded pending his appearance before a prosecutor, likely to occur on Wednesday.

The incident occurred when a large group of British tourists, fueled by excessive drinking, caused a major disturbance to break out, requiring a large number of police officers to intervene and restore order.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, a large number of young adults, often inexperienced with drinking, and away from home for the first time, is a bad recipe for disaster. 

If anything, all parents should caution their sons and daughters on life-altering consequences before leaving home for the first time, which can often result in a criminal record that can last a lifetime, to death and even years in prison. 

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy before the decedent's body is returned home to his parents. Coroner Manolis Michalodimitrakis said he should conclude the autopsy today and told THE GUARDIAN: "It would appear that this is another case of intoxication and aggression involving tourists from Britain. It never happens with other nationals and is very sad."