Sofia City Court Orders Permanent Arrest for British Murder Suspect

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Bulgaria: Sofia City Court Orders Permanent Arrest for British Murder Suspect Mason Steven Christopher. Photo: bTV.

The Sofia City Court ordered permanent arrest for Mason Steven Christopher, accused of murdering Emil Botev on Tuesday, reports the bTV national channel.

The court ruled that Christopher must remain in custody awaiting trial. If found guilty, he could get between 10 and 20 years in prison. The next hearing is appointed for June 19.

Christopher, 25, a British citizen with long term residence permit in Bulgaria, is accused of stabbing Botev, 18, in the lung, heart and the stomach in the Groublyane district in Sofia on Tuesday evening. Botev died of his wounds in hospital. 

According to witnesses, a brawl between two groups of teenagers escalated into a fight. Christopher hit Botev in the face and then stabbed him repeatedly. 

Police found in Christopher's residence a large number of knives. 

According to some Bulgarian-language media, Christopher was residing in the Druzhba district in Sofia, earning his living as a tattoo artist. He is reportedly a football hooligan, living under the false name Steven Sherwood.

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Seedy - 23 Jun 2014 // 05:23:08

Regardless of his nationality, this guy doesn't look like a prize specimen of humanity and his behaviour marks him as someone we certainly don't need on our streets. Let's hope that the BG courts manage to do their job properly for a change and that he gets to share a cell for a few decades with that other knife-wielding nut-case, Jock Palfreeman.....

R.Lawyer - 23 Jun 2014 // 01:46:02

England, please take all your trash* (people) back! You, defending a murderer, having prior history of hooliganism, who went out of his house with 3 12 inches long blades, just because he was born in the same shit-hole as you were, makes you nothing more than a fucking retard (i.e. - average Brit).

Jock P - 20 Jun 2014 // 17:16:40

Get one of your fellow Bulgarians to do it, only cost you a two liter bottle of Bolyarka and a pack of BT's.

johnym - 20 Jun 2014 // 14:31:09

jock: how about you suck my cock you stupid british scum? you don't even have sun over there - so shut up.

Jock P - 16 Jun 2014 // 01:53:50

The only thing this guy did wrong is tattoo a bunch of underaged punks. No one cares about underage anything in BG anyway. Why is it groups of BG teens always attack in packs and force foreign people to use deadly actions to protect themselves?

nnn - 15 Jun 2014 // 07:08:43

eh: it's shame bulgaria doesn't have capital punishment, more like.

EH - 15 Jun 2014 // 07:02:19

It's a shame we can't hang this bastard so lock him up for the maximum sentance!

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