Former Mascot for England Stabbed to Death in Greece
A 19-year-old British teenager, who was given the chance to be a mascot for England, was stabbed to death on Wednesday while on holiday in Greece. Robert Sebbage was on the island of Zakynthos (aka Zante) with 4 friends at the time of the attack. The teens are said to have been shining lasers into taxi drivers’ eyes.
Sebbage had spent much of his life in the hospital because of a rare bowel disorder. A charity arranged for him to join David Beckham in 2007 on Wembley field for a match against Brazil.
Witnesses say that the teens were shining laser pens at a taxi queue outside a nightclub in Laganas, a resort town. Cop Dimitris Angeloudis said tempers rose between the 5 teens and cabbies, insults were exchanged and the beating started. One of the taxi drivers lost it, and they don’t know why; but he suddenly pulled out a knife and lunged to stab whoever he could. A misunderstanding and macho behaviour among young men has resulted in a holidaymaker losing his life, he added.
Sebbage is said to have been chased into an alleyway and stabbed in the chest, which killed him. His 18-year-old friend Jordan Manson was stabbed in the neck and chest and operated on at a hospital. His other 3 friends - 19-year-olds Steven Granston and Samuel Champion and 18-year-old Callum Lane - suffered stab wounds that were less severe.
Greek authorities say that the two taxi drivers were arrested, with 21-year-old Stelios Morfis being charged with premeditated murder. He admitted to his involvement and showed police where he threw the knife after the attack. The other cabbie, who is 25 years of age, has been charged as an accomplice.