By Peter Stevenson
A 56-YEAR-OLD woman from Romania was found dead yesterday just before noon in a compatriot’s flat near the Ayios Lazaros church in Larnaca. Initial investigations indicated she was murdered, a police spokesman said.
According to police, a call was placed at 11.40am by the 57-year-old tenant of the flat, informing them that a woman’s body was on his bed. The area is reportedly inhabited by a number of Romanians who work in clubs and bars in Larnaca.
“At around 11.40am on Monday, Larnaca CID was informed that there was a dead woman in a flat. Officers went there and found a 56-year-old foreign woman lying on a bed with multiple injuries,” Larnaca police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said.
Investigations were still at their early stages yesterday, he added, although certain information was being looked into and Zachariou said he believed police were on the right track.
The spokesman avoided answering reporters’ questions whether the murder weapon had been found. “Evidence has been collected from the scene of the crime with certain object possibly connected to this criminal act,” he said.
State pathologists Sophocles Sophocleous and Nicolas Charalambous carried out initial investigations at the scene. Charalambous said it was a criminal act.
A post mortem later established that the woman had died from internal bleeding as a result of her injuries.
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) the injuries were all over her body and were believed to have been caused by a small axe, hammer and other blunt objects.
Police later arrested two Romanian men, aged 45 and the 57-year-old who had called the police.
Reports suggest the woman had worked at a gym but she had reportedly been living in an abandoned house in the same area.
On Sunday in a separate incident another Romanian woman was shot and injured by her alleged former lover in Larnaca who turned the gun on himself and took his own life immediately afterwards.
She is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) where she remains in a critical condition.