THE TRIAL of the 62-year-old former policeman, Nicos Iordanous, who is accused of the premeditated murder of his 56-year-old wife Stavroulla has been postponed until September 17.
The defendant allegedly shot his wife in the head with a shotgun at their flat in Aradippou on December 10 of last year.
The Criminal Court, chaired yesterday by Haris Poyadjis in Larnaca revealed that due to its heavy workload with the Mari Naval Base disaster case and the Ayia Napa multiple murder trial the case would have to be postponed.
The hearings for the case will take place on September 17, 18 and 26 and the court decided the defendant would remain in custody at the central prisons.
The incident took place on December 10 of last year at around 10pm when Larnaca CID received reports that a gunshot had been heard at a flat in
Aradippou with an unconscious person at the scene.
Officers discovered Stavroulla Iordanous’ body on the couch in the living room. Police had reported she had been bleeding from a big wound at the back of her head and from her mouth.
A shotgun was found on the floor while her husband had apparently passed out by the apartment’s entrance. Her death was confirmed at the scene while a post-mortem carried out by state-pathologists Sophocles Sophocleous and Nicolas Charalambous confirmed her death had been caused by a gun shot to the head.
Iordanous had originally claimed his wife had shot herself, but police said the crime scene and in particular the positioning of the gun did not point to suicide.