Greek stabbing: Ex England team mascot 'killed by taxi driver after laser pen row'
A British teenager was stabbed to death on a Greek holiday island after he and friends allegedly shined laser pens into the eyes of taxi drivers.
Robert Sebbage, a former England mascot, was stabbed through the heart on Wednesday morning while on holiday with four friends on the island of Zakynthos.
The 19-year-old, suffered from a rare bowel disorder, which meant he spent much of his life in hospital, and in 2007 a charity arranged for him to take the field with David Beckham at the opening of a match at Wembley against Brazil.
Witnesses said the group of Britons had been shining lasers at a taxi rank outside a night club in the resort town of Laganas when two drivers rushed out of their cars with a knife and a baseball bat.
Mr Sebbage, of Tadley, Hants, was chased into an alleyway and stabbed in the chest. His friend Jordan Manson, 18, was taken to hospital and operated on for stab wounds to the chest and neck.
Samuel Champion, 19, Steven Granston, 19, both from Basingstoke, and Callum Lane, 18, from Taunton, Devon, suffered less serious wounds.
Greek police said they had arrested two taxi drivers in connection with the attack. One of the drivers, Stelios Morfis, 21, is alleged to wielded the blade used to kill Mr Sebbage.
A police spokesman said: "He used a knife and stabbed all five. One of them died, the other four were admitted to hospital,"
The taxi driver reportedly threw the weapon into the sea a few miles from the scene of the stabbing, but it was later recovered by police.
"One of the taxi drivers confessed and showed police where the knife was," the official said.
He was arrested at his home a few hours later and has been charged with premeditated murder while a second driver, aged 25, was arrested as an accomplice to the crime.
Speaking outside the family's semi-detached home in Tadley, Mr Sebbage's mother Rhian said her son had been due to fly home on Thursday.
"I had spoken to him while he was away and he was having a fantastic time. We are trying to get a flight out to Greece but can't get there until tomorrow."
His father, Robert, was said to have collapsed when a postman delivered a season ticket for the dead teenager's beloved Reading FC.
Mr Sebbage wrote to the Ray of Sunshine children's charity when he was 14, asking them to fulfil his wish of being an England mascot.
He said: "I feel, angry, frustrated and depressed that I can no longer take part in the one thing I love. However, I will never give up on supporting England. It would be a real dream come true for me just to wear the England kit and walk out of that tunnel as a mascot for my team.
The island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is linked to several British cities by direct charter flights.
In Laganas, the antics of young British tourists on "non-stop party" holiday packages have provoked growing criticism from the Greek authorities and local residents.