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Ayia Napa suspects remanded in the north (updated)

One of George Low's last known selfies

Two men wanted by Cyprus police for the murder of a British tourist last Sunday in Ayia Napa were remanded by a court in north Nicosia for three days on Saturday.

Helen Low, the mother of British holidaymaker George Low who was stabbed to death in the attack, expressed the need of her family to see justice done following reports the two suspects had been arrested.

They were captured in Kyrenia on Friday by Turkish Cypriot police, according to reports in Turkish Cypriot media.

The two men, Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Ahmed Salih, 43, were brought before the court for the remand hearing which centred, not around the murder, but their illegal violation of a military area, a charge levelled at people crossing into the north by means other than a checkpoint.

“We have not heard anything official from CID, but we are aware of the reports and are overjoyed,” said 47-year-old Mrs Low, welcoming the arrest. “We just want justice for George and Ben, who has been left traumatised by all this. We want justice for them both and will now have to wait.”

Mrs Low said her son’s body had still not been flown back to the UK to allow preparations for his funeral to go ahead.

She said her son’s death had devastated her, her husband, postman Martyn, 55, and their children Wesley, Laura, Oliver and Millie.

Police issued the arrest warrants against Akpinar and Salih based on a statement given by a third suspect, Koulla Anastasiou, 48. Anastasiou said she lived with Akpinar in her Kamares home in Larnaca.

Police said 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Joseph Robert Parker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street at around 3.20am when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives, who then fled in different directions.

Low suffered a fatal blow to his neck, which severed his carotid artery and was declared dead at 3.40am at the private clinic the two were rushed to in Paralimni. Parker was stabbed four times in the back. His condition is not life-threatening.

Low, often described as a popular lovable guy, spent the two last seasons in the seaside party town as a club rep and manager, and was last here in June to celebrate his birthday.

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