Second suspect emerges in Briton’s fatal stabbing in Crete

A second suspect has emerged in the investigation into the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Briton in the resort town of Malia, northeastern Crete, in the early hours of Tuesday, after allegedly confessing to the crime on Wednesday.

Nineteen youths have been arrested following a bloody brawl early Tuesday between some 30 British tourists outside a nightclub at the holiday resort, ending with the fatal stabbing of Tyrell Matthews-Burton. Among them is a 19-year-old Briton, in whose hotel room police found a knife inside a pair of shoes, all covered with blood. He insists that he is innocent.

On Wednesday, however, another 19-year-old in the group reportedly told the prosecutor that the knife and shoes belonged to him and that he had been handling the weapon during the brawl. He is said to have conceded that he may have accidentally stabbed Matthews-Burton.

All of the suspects will on Thursday face an investigating magistrate, who will further probe the 19-year-old’s alleged confession and decide on charges for the others involved in the fight.

Meanwhile, the local coroner said that his findings suggested that Matthews-Burton had been on the ground when he was stabbed in the back and chest, puncturing his heart.

Manolis Michalodimitrakis said that “he was clearly pinned down and killed execution-style – there were no defense wounds.”

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