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Suspect in court over fatal Crete stabbing

Man, 19, among large group of Britons led before a prosecutor

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Apart from the stabbing suspect, also before the court were 18 others arrested on suspicion of being involved in the all-British brawl in which 19-year-old Tyrell Matthews-Burton died after being stabbed

Tyrell Matthews-Burton died after being stabbed in Malia on Tuesday (Photo: The Mirror) Tyrell Matthews-Burton died after being stabbed in Malia on Tuesday (Photo: The Mirror) A 19-year-old British man suspected of fatally stabbing a compatriot in a bloody street melee in Crete on Tuesday morning has appeared before a prosecutor.

Eighteen others arrested on suspicion of being involved in the all-British brawl also appeared in court, in the city of Irakleio.

According to the Greek news website Zoogla.gr, the main suspect's name is Myles Litchmore, a model and economics student at the University of Northampton.

In another twist, another man, arrested as part of the alleged perpetrator's group, told the prosecutor that he stabbed the victim with a knife. According to the CretaLive website, the alleged perpetrator insists that he is innocent. 

This development has increased suspicion that two people were involved in the killing.

Friends of the 19-year-old victim, who has been named in British Mirror newspaper as Tyrell Matthews-Burton, were also in court for the hearing. Matthews-Burton was generally known by his nickname Sterling, the paper added. 

Speaking to the Mirror, eyewitness Harry Nye, 18, described the horrific aftermath of the fight.

"We saw one guy having his head stamped on and this other lad just fell straight. Me and my mates ran to the guy on the floor and someone was doing CPR but he needed pressure on the wound so we tried to help. I’ve never seen that much blood."

Nye also claimed that an ambulance was slow to arrive and that police did little to help the victim. "The paramedics took ages to get there and the police were stood around like, ‘It’s just another Brit’. They couldn’t have cared less."

According to a coroner quoted in the Sun, the victim suffered "two stab wounds, to the back and to the chest".

Manolis Michalodimitrakis said the victim was "clearly pinned down and killed execution style - there were no defence wounds. The knife punctured his lung and heart. He lost almost half of his blood."

A dead man, believed to have been a clothes shop assistant, was described by neighbours as a "little gentleman".

Speaking to the Mirror, a friend said: "He was all about gym, home and work. He didn’t get messed up with everything else that goes on. He was the man of the house and took it seriously."

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