When news reached us this weekend that a young British soldier had been stabbed to death on a night-out in the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus, and reportedly by fellow British holidaymakers, no less, we were horrified.
The full details are now emerging regarding the murder of 19 year old private, David Lee Collins (left), of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Cyprus hosts a major UK military base and is a stop-off point for troops on their way to and from Afghanistan, it is also a popular holiday destination for young people.
The deployment of Fusilier Collins, who joined the army as a cadet, had been delayed by 24hrs, so he decided to have a night out of fun with three of his mates before they left for theatre.
In the early hours of Sunday morning however, David encountered British tourists:
- Tukki Abbas Shah, 18,
- a 17-year old who cannot be named for legal reasons,
- and Mohammed Adulkadir Osman…
A teenage gang of UK tourists armed with flick-knives and knuckle dusters stalked British soldiers around the night spots of Cyprus while high on drugs and looking for a fight, a court heard today.
Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman told police he was holding the blade that killed 19-year-old fusilier David Lee Collins but claimed he was acting in self-defence.
Osman, 19, from London, confessed to buying 11 flick-knives and two brass knuckle dusters in the popular holiday resort of Ayia Napa. He also admitted possession of a quantity of high-strength cannabis.
And he admitted that he and friends Tukki Abbas Shah, 18, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons had had a previous altercation with off-duty soldier Private Collins and three of his comrades before the fatal fight in a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.
But he maintained that Mr Collins, 19, from Manchester, had 'jumped onto the blade' which Osman had drawn in an attempt to ward off the soldier, who was enjoying a last night out before being sent to Afghanistan.…AFP reports