Cyprus Mail

Father of dead woman’s little boy a Cypriot – reports

By George Psyllides

REPORTS on Saturday suggested that the father of a five-year-old born out of wedlock to a Romanian woman found dead in squalid conditions on Thursday is a Cypriot from Larnaca.

Forty-year-old Ildiko Gergely Tunde was found dead in her Larnaca apartment after her son was seen calling for help in the hallway of the building just after 7am.

A post mortem determined the cause of death to be an infection of the gastrointestinal tract caused by duodenal perforation for which the woman had refused treatment last week at Larnaca General Hospital.

Initial reports said the father of the child was unknown but on Saturday, daily Politis said he was a married Cypriot from Larnaca.

There was no official confirmation of the report.

Politis said neighbours knew who the man was as did Tunde’s older son from a previous relationship in Romania.

The 22-year-old is doing prison time for burglary and theft and is expected to be released in two months, Politis said.

Politis said the man has a family who does not know about his extramarital affair and the child.

The man has been questioned by police and has not denied knowing Tunde, Politis said, but he has not confirmed being the father of the child.

It was not immediately known whether there will be a DNA test to determine the father’s identity.

Tunde was found dead amid piles of garbage filling her apartment.

Apparently suffering from hoarding disorder, Tunde had been cut off by the welfare service in December — in line with policy — after she turned down two job offers.

Reports suggested one of the jobs had been on a farm, which would have paid only a little over €400 a month, compared to the reported €700 she received on benefits.

The woman had been receiving benefits since 2010.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the case to establish what failures may have occurred within the welfare system.

The investigation will look into how their living conditions had gone unnoticed and why state assistance was cut in without further checks.

The welfare service said a social worker met with her a year ago but did not find anything wrong at the flat.




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