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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pafos hit-and-run: Robert Birch murder accused in court

A man charged with the murder of a Welsh holidaymaker in Cyprus has appeared in court.

Robert Birch, who was 39 and known as Charlie, from Welshpool, Powys, died after being hit by a car in Paphos in the early hours of 24 June.

The 35-year-old defendant, who has been charged pre-meditated murder, is set to enter a plea next month.

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A 23-year-old woman who had also been arrested has been released without charge.

Builder Mr Birch was on the holiday island with family – including his two daughters – when he was involved in a suspected “deliberate” hit-and-run in the street.

A 32-year-old British man was also taken to hospital after the incident.

Police later found a blue car in the sea at Agios Georgios in Pegeia.

A smashed windscreen on the car which was found in the harbour©MARIOS IGNATIOU, PAFOSPRESS.COM
Image captionA smashed windscreen on the car which was found in the harbour

On Friday, a court in Paphos was told that the defendant was not yet ready to enter a plea.

Defence solicitors Savvas Matsas and Ioanna Neofytou told the court there was still outstanding issues in the case – such as CCTV footage and witness statements.

The defendant, who cannot be identified under Cypriot law, was remanded into custody.

He will reappear in court on 19 September.

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