Two youths held for taxi murder

Two young men were charged yesterday with the brutal stabbing murder of a Larissa taxi driver in his cab early on Saturday, although police were still at a loss as to the motives of the crime. Cabbie Andreas Barbas, 22, was found dead with 17 knife wounds to the neck outside his taxi on the fringes of the village of Melissochori, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) east of Larissa, on Saturday morning. Barbas had been discharged from the army two months ago after serving his military service, and was operating his father’s taxi. Late on Saturday Christos Perperas, 25, who is from the same village as the victim, turned himself in at Larissa’s police headquarters and confessed to having been in the cab at the time of the murder. He named the killer as his fellow passenger, Andreas Bibizas, a 20-year-old national serviceman from the village of Glafki, 6 kilometers west of Melissochori. Bibizas was arrested a few hours later at the Larissa railway station in Athens. Reports said police had been unable to establish a link between the suspects and the cabbie.