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British tourist stabbed in Cyprus “after public urination complaint”

George Low
George Low

A British holidaymaker was stabbed to death in the popular resort of Ayia Napa after he and his friend were caught urinating in public, Cyprus police have been told.

Estate agent George Low, 22, from Dartford, Kent, died from a stab wound to the neck during a week-long break in the coastal town popular with revellers.

His friend, Ben Barker, also 22, suffered four knife wounds to his back during the pre-dawn attack while they walked down a busy street on Sunday. His injuries are not life-threatening.

A 48-year-old woman who appeared at Famagusta District Court on Wednesday in connection with the case told investigators the attack was triggered after the Britons were seen urinating.

A Cyprus police official, who declined to be named, told the Press Association: "She said that her boyfriend told her a complaint was made to the British men about urinating, and that that was the cause of the fight."

Cyprus police have published pictures and issued warrants for the arrest of Turkish Cypriot men Mehmet Akinpar, 22, and 42-year-old Sali Ahmet.

Investigators who are treating the case as murder and attempted murder have urged locals with information to contact their nearest police station.

The police official said the woman has not been charged and has been ordered by the court into police custody for eight days pending further inquiries.

Mr Low's mother, Helen, 47, said the pair had been due to fly back home on Sunday - and that his death had left the entire family "numb".

Her son had spent two previous seasons in the resort as a club rep and manager, and was last there in June celebrating his birthday.

She said her son's death had devastated her, her husband, postman Martyn, 55, and their children Wesley, Laura, Oliver and Millie.

Mrs Low, a community carer, said: "We're just heartbroken. We cannot believe something like this could happen to our son."