In the early hours of Tuesday in the Electra bar on the island of Crete, the 26-year-old is said to have doused a drunken West Country plumber with sambuca and set him alight. She claims that 23-year-old Stuart Feltham had groped her, exposed himself and demanded sex. But in the eyes of many Greeks and regardless of the facts, Ms Fanouraki is being hailed for her actions.
The story has made headlines across the country with sympathetic editorials praising the "gutsy Cretan".
That drew a sharp response from Acting Monroe County Court Judge Melchor Castro, who said she had broken a sacred trust."It doesn't mean you're a good person just because they say you are," he said.
Judge Castro also took exception to suggestions that the victim had played a role in initiating the sexual relationship, or the argument that because the victim was a male, it was a less serious offense."If the genders were reversed, there would be much less sympathy for you," he said.
Locals are increasingly angered and exasperated – not least at the sight of couples copulating in public.
Internet chat rooms and UK party sites publicising "all night" orgies have fanned the unruly and drunken behaviour in the resort.
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"She is seen as a modern day hero," said Theordoros Pakos, a senior police officer on Crete.
"A lot of people here are really tired of the way drunken Englishmen comport themselves." The bar where the events took place is in Malia, a resort that has become notorious for the bad behaviour of tourists.
The other day we went out for our last “Taverna Tuesday” dinner with the Kalis Elpidos building and everyone shared their favorite stories of the semester.
It got me thinking of some things I never thought I was going to experience abroad…