- David Collins, 18, stabbed during fight ‘between four off-duty soldiers and three British holidaymakers’
- Three tourists appeared in court but have not yet been formally charged
- Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman, from London, is alleged to have knifed the teenage soldier in the chest with a switchblade
- Fight broke out in a part of Ayia Napa that is off-limits to soldiers
- Mr Collins served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
By Nick Fagge
PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 5 November 2012 | UPDATED: 23:16 EST, 5 November 2012
A British soldier killed in Cyprus was targeted by a gang of thugs high on drugs and carrying flick-knives who had a ‘score to settle’, a court heard yesterday.
Private David Lee Collins, 18, was allegedly stabbed through the heart by Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman when the pair met in a nightclub following an earlier row sparked by North-South rivalry.
The fight between the trio and the soldier had begun earlier in the day when Private Collins, from Manchester, taunted Londoner Osman about his home region.