Crete court acquits young Briton of Malia murder

A court in Lassithi on the southern Aegean island of Crete on Monday acquitted a young Briton accused of stabbing to death a compatriot during a barroom brawl in the summer of 2013.

The court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to suggest that Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, 20, stabbed 19-year-old Tyrell Matthews-Burton twice in the chest during a fight involving several groups of British holidaymakers at the rowdy seaside resort of Malia in July 2103.

Another defendant accused of being an accessory to murder was also acquitted, though both face charges for their involvement in the brawl and illegal weapons possession.

Litchmore-Dunbar has consistently proclaimed his innocence, telling the court that the victim’s blood ended up on his clothes when he tried to break up the fight.

The young Briton has spent more than a year in pre-trial custody in Crete, though the court has yet to decide whether he will serve any additional time over the other charges.

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