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England Mascot Killer Sentence 'Too Soft'
The parents of a teenage ex-England football mascot stabbed to death in Greece have criticised the jail term for the taxi driver who killed him.
Stelios Morfis, 22, was convicted on Wednesday of causing deadly bodily injury to Robert Sebbage, 18, on the island of Zante on July 13 last year.
Mr Sebbage's parents, Andy and Rhian, said the prison sentence of 11 years for Morfis did not "reflect the horrific and senseless killing" of their son.
The victim, from Tadley in Hampshire, was on holiday with eight friends when he was killed during their last night out after the group got into an argument with two taxi drivers; four others were also stabbed during the incident.
"This has been an exceptionally difficult and traumatic time for us," his parents said in a statement issued through the Foreign Office.
"Nothing will bring Robert back but we strongly believe that the sentence passed does not reflect the horrific and senseless killing of our son.
"We take solace from the fact that Stelios Morfis was found guilty of taking our son's life and attacking four of Robert's friends.
"We are also comforted that Robert's good character and reputation was acknowledged in court and that the other boys who were attacked were accurately represented as the victims of this violent assault.
"We are grateful to all those people and organisations in the UK and Greece who have helped us during this horrible time - in particular our families, friends and the people of Tadley and the surrounding communities.
"It is their wholehearted support that has allowed us to be here to fight for justice for Robert and his friends.
"We would like to thank you all for your continued support and kind wishes, and we would ask for privacy so that we can reflect and move on with our grieving, now that this difficult stage is at an end."