The two men suspected of murdering British tourist George Low in Ayia Napa earlier this month have reportedly admitted the crime to Turkish Cypriot police officers as they continue to be held in the north for separate crimes.
Citing sources, Phileleftheros on Friday reported that Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 42, had admitted to killing the Briton but added they had ‘only intended to injure and scare Low, not kill him’.
The two on Thursday appeared before a military court in the north on charges of violating a military zone at the Yigitler Bastion in north Nicosia.
The court ruled that the men would be held for three months pending their hearing, a date for which has yet to be set.
Cyprus police have formally asked authorities in the north to hand over the two – following Thursday’s court proceedings in the north this now seems unlikely.
Turkish Cypriot official Hakki Celal Onen earlier this week told The Associated Press the request would be considered after the two suspects were tried in a Turkish Cypriot military court on charges of trespassing into a military area.
Meanwhile, the case against the 48-year-old Greek Cypriot woman suspected of assisting the two men in the aftermath of the killing is set to appear before the Famagusta District Court on September 1 during which time she is expected to be referred to the Larnaca Criminal Court to answer various charges.
According to police, 22-year-old Low and his friend Ben Barker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street in Ayia Napa on August 14 when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives and who then fled.
Although initial reports described Akpinar and Ahmet as being Turkish Cypriot, the authorities in the north say they are Turkish and Bulgarian respectively.