A 32-year-old resident of Vrysoulles yesterday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 46-year-old Latsia resident Angelos Phedonos.
Phedonos was reported missing on July 31 and was found dead by police the following day having suffered several blows to the head. Beside his body was a wooden pickaxe with a broken handle that was covered in blood which police later identified as the murder weapon.
Before a Larnaca criminal court yesterday, Stelios Mavroloukas, the suspect, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of manslaughter.
Under questioning by the police, the 32-year-old had initially confessed to the murder, but later pleaded not guilty when formally charged with premeditated murder. The charge was subsequently reduced to manslaughter, to which Mavroloukas yesterday entered a guilty plea.
The criminal court set October 23 as the date for sentencing.
The victim’s body was located on August 1 in the lobby of the abandoned Beau Rivage hotel on the Larnaca seafront.
The suspect claims that he set up a meeting at the hotel to convince Phedonos to stop his alleged persistent harassment.
According to the police report, the two men fought in the room which resulted in Phedonos’ death.