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Three in court after soldier stabbed to death in Cyprus

Fusilier David Collins died after being stabbed in Club Black ’n’ White. Photo: MEN Syndication

Three UK tourists have appeared in court in Cyprus accused of murdering a young British soldier from Chorlton in Manchester.

David Lee Collins, 18, was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at a nightclub in the popular resort of Ayia Napa.

Mr Collins, from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was said to be stationed at an Army base in the Dhekelia area of the island.

A local police spokesman said the three men, two aged 17 and one aged 19, appeared at Famagusta District Court where they were remanded in custody for eight days.

They have not been formally charged with the murder and will continue to be detained while detectives investigate the incident, he added.

The soldier's family told the Manchester Evening News they were "devastated" by his death. It is understood his father has already flown out to the Mediterranean island.

Mr Collins was off-duty with three other soldiers when they became involved in a brawl with three British holidaymakers in the early hours of Sunday morning. One of the tourists allegedly stabbed the soldier with a knife, according to police spokesman Georgios Economou.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday: "It is with great sadness that the MoD must confirm that a soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has died in an incident in Cyprus.

"An investigation is being conducted by Cyprus police and it would be inappropriate to comment any further. The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them."

The 19-year-old suspect was named as Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, while one of the others was named as Umar Anwar. The court hearing was told that Osman admitted to police that he stabbed Mr Collins in self-defence after he and his friends were attacked but said he had not meant to hurt him.