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Two Turkish Cypriots wanted for Ayia Napa murder

17 August 2016

The Greek Cypriot police have issued arrest warrants for two men, aged 22 and 43, believed to have been responsible for the death of a British tourist in Ayia Napa.

We are seeking two Turkish Cypriot men in connection with the murder. A Greek Cypriot woman helped the two escape,” Famagusta District Deputy Police Chief George Economou told Cyprus Mail.

British tourist George Low (main photo) died of stab wounds on Sunday. His friend also received stab wounds but is not in a critical condition.

A 49-year-old woman is expected to be presented before Famagusta district court Wednesday to be remanded in connection with helping one of two men believed to be responsible for the murder of Briton George Low on Sunday in Ayia Napa.

According to the police, the woman from Kamares in Larnaca, was arrested at around 9.40pm on Tuesday. She had voluntarily stated that her 22-year-old boyfriend had told her that he and the 43-year-old had stabbed two British men following an arguement.

The woman said, according to her boyfriend, that the altercation was triggered when the Turkish Cypriots told off the two Britons for urinating in public.

She also said that she had returned to Ayia Napa on Sunday evening with a change of clothes for the 22 year old, returning the next day to retrieve a mobile phone that he had hidden.

We have sent evidence from the scene of the murder for fingerprint and DNA testing,” the Deputy Police Chief told the Cyprus Mail, earlier on Tuesday.

A knife was found at the scene which we sent to our forensic experts for analysis. We are also looking at CCTV footage taken from various premises in the area in order to identify the culprits. Investigations are continuing.”

According to police, at about 3.30am on the night of the murder, 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Barker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives who then fled.

Low suffered a wound to his neck which severed his carotid artery. His friend was stabbed in the back.

Both men were rushed to a private clinic in Paralimni by ambulance where doctors confirmed Low’s death, saying his carotid artery had been severed during the attack.

Barker was kept in for treatment after sustaining four stab wounds to his back, however, his injuries were not life threatening, the police said.

Cyprus Mail

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