Croatia charges Briton with tourist murder

The 25-year-old was arrested in late June while trying to flee the country after the attack.

Croatia charges Briton with tourist murder

Croatian authorities on Tuesday charged a British man with stabbing a fellow Briton to death outside a nightclub on a party island in the Adriatic, prosecutors said. Prosecutors did not name the accused but local media have identified him as Douglas Cane.

He is charged with murdering a 27-year-old compatriot and attempting to kill two other people during a brawl, prosecutors said in a statement. 

The fight erupted outside a nightclub on Zrce beach on Pag, a northern island popular for its clubbing and electronic music scene.

After a "brief brawl with a British national and his two friends" the suspect stabbed one of them to death and injured the other two, both in their 20s, the statement said.

One of those injured suffered serious wounds but his life was saved by swift medical intervention, it added.

Tourism is a pillar of Croatia's economy, with visitors flocking to hundreds of islands and islets along its stunning Adriatic coast.

Last year the country of 4.2 million people welcomed more than 17 million tourists, including 750,000 from Britain.

In August a British tourist made headlines when she fell from a cruise ship off the Croatian coast and was rescued after drifting overnight in the Adriatic Sea. 

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