By Peter Stevenson
The Nicosia district court has remanded a 34-year-old murder suspect for eight days after he allegedly stabbed his 59-year-old father 41 times as he lay in bed.
At around 6.30pm on Saturday police received a call that a stabbing had taken place at a farm in Meniko village. According to reports, officers from Peristerona police station found Marios Melanides, 34, standing outside the farmhouse, distraught and holding a kitchen knife.
Inside they found his father, Christodoulos Melanides 59, who had sustained multiple stab wounds but was still alive. He was rushed to Nicosia General Hospital but died later.
A post mortem was carried out by state pathologist Eleni Antoniou who told the Cyprus Mail that the victim had sustained 41 stab wounds.
“Of those 41 stab wounds, 17 were caused as he tried to defend himself while three of them proved to be fatal, two in the lungs and one in the left subclavian vein,” she said.
According to local media reports the suspect appeared remorseful in court on Sunday and told the judge that he had not intended to kill his father.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the 34-year-old called the police after the incident to report it. The victim had been living at the farm alone in allegedly squalid conditions and had several fallings out with is son in the past.
Reports claim that the suspect had been arrested in the past and had spent time at the central prisons for theft and burglary.
According to Nicosia CID acting Chief Andreas Lambrianou, the police are investigating the murder as premeditated as the victim was asleep in his bed when he was attacked.
The suspect has allegedly given a written statement to police admitting to murdering his father but said that he had a stormy family life in the past.
The 34-year-old has been seen by a psychiatrist and is being guarded on a 24-hour basis.