POLICE said late Tuesday they had secured arrest warrants for two men, aged 22 and 43, believed to have fled to the north and thought to be responsible for the killing of Briton George Low on Sunday in Ayia Napa.
“We are seeking two Turkish Cypriot men in connection with the murder. A Greek Cypriot woman helped the two escape,” Famagusta District Deputy Police Chief George Economou told the Cyprus Mail.
The 49 year old woman was already in custody as an accessory after the fact and had given a statement to the police.
Earlier, the police had said they were focusing their investigation on a knife that was found near the scene of the crime, with Economou saying they were continuing with the gathering of evidence, scrutiny of video footage and forensic examinations of items found at the scene.
“We have sent evidence from the scene of the murder for fingerprint and DNA testing,” Economou had told the Cyprus Mail, earlier on Tuesday.
“A knife was found at the scene which we sent to our forensic experts for analysis. We are also looking at CCTV footage taken from various premises in the area in order to identify the culprits. Investigations are continuing.”
According to police, at about 3.30am on the night of the murder, 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Barker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives who then fled.
Low suffered a wound to his neck which severed his carotid artery. His friend was stabbed in the back.
The pair were rushed to a private clinic in Paralimni by ambulance where doctors confirmed Low’s death, saying his carotid artery had been severed during the attack. The results were confirmed by state pathologist Eleni Antoniou on Tuesday.
Barker was kept in for treatment of four stab wounds sustained to his back, with his injuries not being life threatening, according to police.
Eyewitnesses told police the perpetrators looked young, with one described as short and tubby, in jeans and a white shirt. His accomplice was also short, with black hair and was shirtless at the time.
In earlier statements, Economou said it appeared the victims had been in a previous argument with the attackers who from statements collected so far, also seemed to be foreigners.
The street in which the incident was played out is right next to the busy main square of the popular seaside party town, with Economou maintaining that the area was so crowded at the time of the murder that it was easy for the perpetrators to hide among the revellers.
Statements taken from Barker point to him not knowing if there were larger issues between the attackers and his friend who was killed. The initial argument seemed to involve nothing more serious than a bit of pushing and shoving.
Investigators have tracked some of the movements of the suspects through CCTV footage and the authorities are on the lookout at the island’s airports, ports and crossing points to the north.
Friends of the victim have managed to raise thousands of pounds to be used to repatriate Low’s body back to the UK, as his parents Martyn and Helen, were expected on the island on Tuesday night.
Low leaves behind four siblings, brothers Wesley, 23, and Oliver, 11, and sisters Laura, 19, and Millie, 17.