Two held over fa­tal beat­ing at is­land re­sort

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Po­lice on the Io­nian is­land of Zakyn­thos yes­ter­day were ques­tion­ing two peo­ple, a door­man and a bar­man, in con­nec­tion with the fa­tal beat­ing of a 22-year-old Texan tourist in the is­land’s no­to­ri­ous party re­sort of La­ganas.

Apart from the pair who are fac­ing mur­der charges – a 32-year-old Bri­tish na­tional of Ser­bian ex­trac­tion and a 34-year-old Greek – po­lice yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to ques­tion more sus­pects and wit­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to video footage filmed at the bar where the brawl broke out, about 10 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in beat­ing Bakari Hen­der­son, who died of mas­sive head in­juries.

A po­lice source on the is­land told Kathimerini that the fight ap­peared to have bro­ken out fol­low­ing a petty dis­pute over some­one set­ting their drink down on a ta­ble oc­cu­pied by a dif­fer­ent group. On leav­ing the bar, a group of Ser­bian pa­trons al­legedly at­tacked Hen­der­son, threw him onto the road and started punch­ing and kick­ing him. The 22-year-old was rushed to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal with se­vere head in­juries but was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival. It re- mained un­clear yes­ter­day whether any of the as­sailants used knives in the at­tack but an au­topsy was ex­pected to de­ter­mine cause of death.

In com­ments to Kathimerini, Zakyn­thos Mayor Pav­los Kolokot­sas said that just a few hours be­fore the tragedy, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials had met with lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers to dis­cuss how to avert such in­ci­dents in the re­sort, which has a rep­u­ta­tion for al­co­hol-fu­eled brawls and an­tics.

In 2011, a 19-year-old Bri­tish tourist was killed by two Greek taxi driv­ers.

Two Maxi 72 class rac­ers com­pete in the Corfu Chal­lenge 2017 off the coast of the Io­nian is­land, yes­ter­day. The event, which is the first Maxi 72 race to take place in Greece, started on Mon­day and ends to­day.

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