8 years for fatal stabbing of British soldier

A British man has been jailed for eight years for fatally stabbing an off-duty British soldier at a night club in Ayia Napa in November last year.

Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, was taken from Larnaca District Court to begin his sentence at Nicosia Prison.

On Wednesday, the lawyer for Osman called for leniency for his client.

“That there was no premeditation on the part of the defendant is proven by the facts since the victim and defendant didn’t know each other,” defence lawyer Kypros Andreou told a mitigation hearing at Larnaca District Court.

The victim Fusilier David Lee Collins, 18, from Manchester was serving at Dhekelia.

Eleven knives and cocaine was discovered by police in Osman’s hotel room after the stabbing.

Osman from London, originally pleaded not guilty but later admitted killing Collins.

Mr. Collins mother, Lisa Minott and colleagues were in court, as well as members of Osman’s family.

The funeral of Mr. Collins took place in Chorlton in northern England on November 23rd, 2012.

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