British teenager stabbed to death on Greek 'party' island
A teenage British tourist was stabbed to death by a taxi driver Wednesday on the Greek island of Zante and four of his friends were wounded, police said.
The suspect, a local 21-year-old taxi driver, and his accomplice, 25, were arrested after the killing which took place early in the morning in front of a fast food restaurant, a statement said.
The victim died of knife wounds to the heart while his friends were hospitalised with non-life threatening wounds to the back and stomach, a police source said.
The preliminary investigation found that a row erupted after the taxi driver and his friend accused the group of Brits of blinding them with a laser pointer.
Authorities did not release the identity of the victim.
The incident took place in Zante's main resort of Laganas, where tens of thousands of teenage British tourists flock every summer to enjoy the Ionian island's pleasant weather and cheap alcohol.
"We are extremely distressed by this incident which does not reflect our society. We are a hospitable people," Zante mayor Stelios Bozikis told private Skai radio.
But some areas of the resort were "uncontrollable" because of a lack of police, he added.
"We only have five municipal police officers and we cannot hire any more as the town is deep in debt," the mayor said.
Incidents are frequent in Laganas, where the antics of young British tourists on "non-stop party" tour operator packages have provoked growing criticism from the Greek authorities and local residents.
"Unfortunately there is a negative quality among tourists that leads to these incidents," Bozikis said. "They come thinking that they can do here whatever they don't do at home," he said.
Another young tourist, 20-year-old Australian Doujon Zammit, had been fatally beaten by bouncers outside a nightclub on the tourist island of Mykonos in 2008.
The perpetrators were handed prison sentences of between 7.5 and 25 years in 2010.
© 2011 AFP