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Court is urged to acquit Britons
Luke Atkinson
Luke Atkinson arrives at court in Larnaca
Lawyers for two Britons accused of killing a Cypriot in a car collision have urged a court in Cyprus to acquit their clients, due to lack of evidence.

Michael Binnington, 21, and Luke Atkinson, 22, pleaded not guilty at the court in Larnaca to the manslaughter of motorcyclist Christos Papiris.

The Essex men admit being in the car, but the defence argue this is not enough to convict them of the killing.

Julian Harrington, 39, their uncle, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Harrington also admits causing grievous bodily harm to Marios Demetriou, a passenger on the moped that was repeatedly struck by a car in the coastal resort of Protaras in August.

Mr Binnington and Mr Atkinson deny causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Demetriou.

Last week the prosecution wrapped up its case after testimony that a group of Britons in a car rammed two Greek Cypriot teenagers off a moped.

A car driven by Mr Harrington allegedly "repeatedly struck" the moped carrying Mr Papiris and Mr Demetriou, both 17, in what police described as a revenge attack.

The trial has been adjourned until 22 December.


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