A man appeared in court in Morphou on Friday after being arrested for challenging the police to a duel.

The man was arrested on charges of being drunk and disorderly, breaching the peace, using obscene language, and inappropriate behaviour.

According to the testimony of Morphou police officer Yaren Yemencioglu, the man shouted, “no one can take me away from Beyza!” at police sergeant Ahmet Gulderen. “Beyza” is a Turkish female name.

Gulderen subsequently attempted to arrest the man, who began “waving his arms randomly”. The man then reportedly said “if it bothers you, let’s have a fight”, and continued swearing and making threats, ultimately challenging the police to a duel.

Police said the man is a tourist. He was remanded in custody for five days.