Cyprus Mail

British murder suspect to be extradited

Charles Riddington

A Briton wanted in the UK for murder who was hiding out in the north was told by the Nicosia district court that he would be extradited back to the UK, reports said on Friday.

The extradition will take place within the next 10 days.

“We have no grounds to appeal. He will be extradited to Britain where the judicial system is known to be fair,” his lawyer, Giorgos Giorgallis, told the Guardian. “He has been charged with murder. If he is innocent he will be found innocent. If he is guilty, he will be found guilty. It is only right that the extradition request is upheld.”

Charles Edward Riddington, 36, is wanted for the murder of 24-year-old George Barker in 2016. He was caught in Trikomo using a fake passport and arrested there on a European arrest warrant.

He was handed over to the UN earlier in October and from there to Cypriot police where he was held pending his extradition hearing last week.

Riddington had travelled to the north on a Namibian passport under the name of Ricky De Bruin, arriving at Tymbou (Ercan) airport on December 26, 2017.  He reportedly entered the north several times with fake travel documents before being caught in August this year.

A large sum of money which he said came from abroad, as he has not worked in Cyprus, was found in his home outside Kyrenia where he had lived for the past two years, reports said.

George Barker was fatally stabbed in November 2016. The 24-year-old from Kent was killed at Double K gym in Bexley, south-east London. His mother Julie said he had become a father only five days before he died.

Following the murder, Riddington reportedly travelled to many countries using 14 false identities and passports before coming to Cyprus.

According to the Guardian, asked about his client’s psychological state now that he knew he would be returning to Britain, his lawyer said: “He is in fine spirits, drinking his coffees, smoking his cigarettes, using his mobile phone even if he knows very well his fate lies in the hands of British justice.”

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