A UK inquest into the 2012 lethal stabbing of a British soldier during a nightclub brawl in Ayia Napa has reached a conclusion of unlawful killing.
Victim David Lee Collins, 19, from Manchester who served with the Second Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was stabbed in the chest during a fight at the ‘Black N White’ nightclub in the coastal town’s centre and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Paralimni Hospital on November 4, 2012.
His killer Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, 20, originally from Somalia, but living in London, was jailed for eight years by the Larnaca Assizes in May 2013 for manslaughter after claiming he was provoked and lost self-control.
During the inquest, South Manchester coroner John Pollard said there was evidence of an altercation that led to what can only be described as an unprovoked punch to Collins’ face.
“I think it’s fair to say that David wanted to sort it out and find out why he had been hit. There was a further scuffle and there is no doubt in my mind that Osman stabbed him with this knife he had in his possession,” said Pollard.
Collins’ mother Lisa Minot, 38, was reduced to tears as Osman’s friends Umar Anwar and Tukki Abbas Shah, both 18, refused to answer questions and maintained her son had started an argument by asking the three men “are you bad men?”
“This has left us with unanswered questions, in particular about the motives for this senseless killing. Our primary concerns throughout the process have been that nothing like this ever happens again.”
Anwar and Shah initially faced trial in Cyprus over Collins’ death but were released from custody after Osman pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges.
A police search of the trio’s hotel room at the time turned up marijuana, two knuckle dusters and 11 switch blades which Osman said he bought from a local store and planned to take back to the UK as presents for friends.