By Sinead Kelly
A Greek pathologist told the Larnaca court on Wednesday that an Aradippou woman had killed herself with a shotgun and that her arrested husband had not murdered her.
Former policeman, Nicos Iordanous, 64 is on trial for the alleged the premeditated murder of his 56-year-old wife Stavroulla.
He allegedly shot her in the head with a shotgun at their flat in Aradippou on December 10, 2012.
Larnaca CID had received reports that a gunshot had been heard at a flat in Aradippou with an unconscious person at the scene.
Officers discovered Stavroulla Iordanous’ body on the couch in the living room. Police had reported she had been bleeding from a big wound at the back of her head and from her mouth.
A shotgun was found on the floor while her husband had apparently passed out by the apartment’s entrance. Her death was confirmed at the scene while a post-mortem carried out by state-pathologists Sophocles Sophocleous and Nicolas Charalambous confirmed her death had been caused by a gunshot to the head.
Iordanous had originally claimed his wife had shot herself, but police said the crime scene and in particular the positioning of the gun did not point to suicide.
However, Greek pathologist Asteria Papafdi testified on Wednesday that the victim had shot herself. She alleged police carelessness in transporting the victim’s remains to the morgue.
She also said that if Iordanous had shot his wife, the gun cartridge would have been found somewhere in the flat when instead it had been found in the victim’s mouth. The injuries to the back of the head would have been caused by the trajectory of the bullet, she said.
The trial continues.
Last week, a man was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife two years ago. A post mortem at the time said she had died from smoke inhalation after her bed had caught fire when in fact she had been strangled.
Pontian Greek Giorgos Kyriakides, 33, was on Friday remanded in custody for eight days in connection with the death of Christina Kalaitzidou in Dherynia on March 16, 2012.
Her remains were flown for burial to Greece, where her family expressed doubt about the official cause of death.
Visible marks of violence on her face suggested that Kalaitzidou had been murdered, the family said.
Her body was exhumed and a fresh post mortem was carried out while a specialist UK-based centre was asked to provide its views.
The findings, announced to the family and the authorities showed that the cause of death was strangulation and not smoke inhalation.
Police told the court on Friday that it appeared the suspect had hit the woman, strangled her, and then set fire to her bed, where she was found dead.