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Family of slain teen arrive in Zakynthos

The family of an 18-year-old British tourist stabbed to death by a 21-year-old taxi driver on Zakynthos earlier this week arrived on the Ionian island late on Thursday, the BBC reported.

Robert Sebbage, 18, from Tadley in Hampshire, had been on holiday with a group of friends when he was stabbed to death in the early hours of Wednesday in the popular resort of Laganas. Another Briton, Jordan Manson, was seriously injured in the scuffle. The five friends had on their first holiday abroad together.

Reporting on the incident, British newspapers published images of Sebbage posing next to David Beckham in 2007, after the then 14-year-old football fan had been selected as a mascot in an England vs Brazil friendly at Wembley.

Two local taxi drivers, aged 21 and 25, are facing murder charges and complicity to commit murder respectively. The 21-year-old, who is alleged to have stabbed the 18-year-old several times and to have knifed his friends, is expected to enter a plea of self-defense on Friday. It is unclear what plea will be lodged by the elder taxi driver, who is alleged to have egged his friend on.

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis, currently spearheading a broad campaign aimed at boosting local tourism, condemned the attack on Wednesday and expressed his condolences to the victim?s family.