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Murder suspect remanded in custody

A 35-year-old Famagusta man was remanded in custody for eight days on Wednesday, in connection with the murder of a taxi driver, 66, in Ayia Napa.

Giorgos Andreou from Xylophagou is suspected of shooting Pantelis Ropas, from Sotira,  who had been sitting with a colleague outside the taxi office on Nissi Avenue when he was gunned down in broad daylight on Tuesday.

The victim’s colleague allegedly recognised the suspect as the man who arrived in a twin cab pickup and shot Ropas twice with a hunting shotgun before fleeing the scene.

The vehicle is registered to the suspect, the court heard.

Police searched the suspect’s home, finding three hunting shotguns, one in his name and two on his father’s.

Inside Andreou’s vehicle, police found a spent cartridge.

Police suspect the killing was the result of professional or family differences between the two.

One of Ropas’ four sons was married to the sister of the suspect but they separated recently and the two families have been at loggerheads since, reports said.

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