Britons in Cyprus suit attacked

Four British men charged with killing a Cypriot teenager in the southern resort of Protaras were attacked by members of the victim’s family as they arrived at a Larnaca court yesterday. The tourists are alleged to have used a car they were traveling in on August 18 to ram a scooter on which 17-year-old Christos Papiris had been a passenger, throwing the teenager off the bike and into a streetlight. Papiris was killed instantly while the scooter driver Marios Demetriou, 18, was badly injured. According to police, the four Britons deliberately targeted the two youths following a bar brawl with a group of Greek Cypriots. The Britons say the incident was an accident that occurred after they had been pursued by a group of motorcyclists. James Goodwill and Luke Atkinson, both 22, Michael Binnington, 21, and Julian Harrington, 39, face murder charges which carry a maximum life sentence. Harrington, the alleged driver of the car, was punched several times by Papiris’s relatives before entering court. All four men were remanded in custody for eight days.

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