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British soldier arrested for hit-and-run that killed comrade (Updated)

Cpl John Fernandez

A British soldier has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run that killed another British soldier on Saturday night in Dhekelia, the bases said on Tuesday.

“British Forces Cyprus can confirm that a member of the British military has been arrested in connection to the road traffic incident on July 29 which resulted in the death of Corporal John Fernandez.

“A thorough investigation is now underway and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time,” it added.

Fernandez, 32, was hit by around 8.30pm on the Famagusta-Larnaca road, 100 metres from a petrol station in Dhekelia.

The unidentified driver was heading towards Larnaca. The car hit and fatally injured the British solider who was walking with a comrade in the same direction as the car was travelling. The driver did not stop.

According to CNA, the 31-year-old suspect was arrested in the UK by military police. He was serving in the same unit as the victim. The car that was involved in the hit-and-run was  located at a block of flats in Oroklini. It has been taken away by bases authorities for forensic examination.

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