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Parents demand pair suspected of knifing to death their 22-year-old son in Ayia Napa

Parents demand pair suspected of knifing to death their 22-year-old son in Ayia Napa be handed over to face justice

  • George Low, 22, was stabbed in the neck during a holiday in Ayai Napa in 2016
  • Suspects Mehmet Akinpar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 42, fled to Turkish part of island
  • Parents Martyn and Helen Low have begged for the suspects to be extradited

The parents of a British tourist who died after being stabbed to death on the street in Cyprus have demanded the suspects be handed to police.

George Low, 22, of Dartford, Kent, died from a stab wound after he and his friend were caught urinating in public during a week-long break in Ayai Napa.

The two suspects, Mehmet Akinpar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 42, fled to the Turkish part of the island and authorities have refused to hand them over to Cypriot police.   

Parents Martyn and Helen Low have begged Turkish police to release them so that there can be a fair trial and they can have justice for their son.  

Parents Martyn and Helen Low have begged Turkish police to release them so that there can be a fair trial

Speaking to The Sun Online, George’s father Mr Low addressed his son’s killers, saying: ‘You will get caught.

‘We will get justice. It might be in ten years, but you will get caught.’

Mother Mrs Low told the Mirror: ‘It’s barbaric they will walk free this Christmas while we lay a place at the table for our dead son.’

Suspects Akinpar and Ahmet were initially arrested by Cypriot police, but the suspects were released and fled to the Turkish controlled part of the island before DNA test could be carried out.  

Mr and Mrs Low say they have been unable to ‘grieve’ because they haven’t had a trial for their son.

There is no extradition treaty between the Turkish and Greek parts of Cyprus. 

George, an estate agent from Dartford, Kent, had spent two previous seasons in the resort as a club rep and manager, and was last there in June celebrating his birthday.

George Low (pictured), 22, of Dartford, Kent, died from a stab after he and his friend were caught urinating in public during a week-long break in Ayai Napa

George Low (pictured), 22, of Dartford, Kent, died from a stab after he and his friend were caught urinating in public during a week-long break in Ayai Napa

George Low (pictured), 22, of Dartford, Kent, died from a stab after he and his friend were caught urinating in public during a week-long break in Ayai Napa

He allegedly stepped in after getting into an argument with ‘locals’ and reportedly told them ‘That’s enough’ when they ‘disrespected’ an English girl during the night out. 

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. Mr Barker’s injuries are not life-threatening. 

A 48-year-old woman who appeared at Famagusta District Court 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, said: ‘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.’

Suspect Mehmet Akinpar, 22, fled to the Turkish part of the island and authorities have refused to hand them over to the Greek Cypriot south

Sali Ahmet, 42, fled to the Turkish part of the island and authorities have refused to hand them over to the Greek Cypriot south

The two suspects, Mehmet Akinpar (left), 22, and Sali Ahmet (right), 42, fled to the Turkish part of the island and authorities have refused to hand them over to the Greek Cypriot south

Mr Low leaves behind his parents, two brothers, Wesley, 25, and Oliver, 13, and two sisters, Laura, 21 and Millie, 19.

He had moved back to his home in Dartford, where he lived with his family while he saved for a deposit for a house and worked at local Acorn Estate Agents.

According to the Cyprus Mail, Mr Low and his friend had been walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street when the ambush happened and the two attackers ran off.

The victims were then taken by private ambulance to hospital in Paralimni, where doctors confirmed one of them had died.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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