Trial begins: Greek taxi driver accused of murdering British holidaymaker

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Trial begins: Greek taxi driver accused of murdering British holidaymakerRhian and Andy Sebbage: PA


The trial of a Greek taxi driver accused of murdering a British teenager on holiday in Zante is under way.

Three of the friends who witnessed the death of Robert Sebbage, 18, from Tadley in Hampshire, described how he died from a single stab wound to the heart after an argument.

According to itv.com, Callum Lane, Steven Granston, and Jordan Manson appeared on the second day of the trial of Stelios Morfis in the city of Patras.

All of the three witnesses were reportedly injured in the attack on 13 July last year, when a group of eight friends were holidaying on the island together.

On their last night out, they got into an argument with two taxi drivers, which ended in the fatal stabbing of Mr Sebbage.

The 22-year-old taxi driver denies murder, and has apologised for the stabbing, saying he lashed out with a pocket knife after "being taunted by a group of British youth" reports itv.com.

Another man, Dimosthenes Mylonas, 26, has been charged as an accomplice.

Robert's parents, Rhian and Andy Sebbage, have flown in for the trial, as well as six of the eight boys who were on the holiday.

Aaron Thornton is also one of the six who will give evidence; he administered first aid to Robert at the scene, and heard his final words before he died.

Mum Rhian will give a victim impact statement at the trial. She told the Basingstoke Gazette: "I keep thinking I won't be able to do it but on the other hand I think this is the only chance I have to get it right. The problem is talking in English – will it lose the momentum when translated?"

It is thought the trial could be over within a week, but Rhian said that should Mr Morfis be convicted, "he will never go through the pain we have gone through".

She added: "His story is very weak. But there is still the worry that it's in his country and he's one of them and is that going to go against us? Some of the media published at the time it happened wasn't favourable to our boys and stereotyped them and whether that will come through in court I don't know. We will have to hope justice is done."

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