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Life imprisonment for murder

A 35-year-old Famagusta man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday after he was found guilty of premeditated murder.

Taxi driver Giorgos Andreou from Xylophagou was found guilty of killing 66-year-old Pantelis Antoniou Ropas, also a taxi driver, in Ayia Napa on October 8, 2013.

Ropas, from Sotira, was playing backgammon with a colleague at the taxi office on Nissi Avenue when the 35-year-old suspect arrived in a twin cab pickup.

The defendant shot Ropas who staggered for a couple of metres before collapsing on the road unconscious.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested by police shortly afterwards at his home in Xylophagou.

It was reported at the time that one of Ropas’ four sons was married to the sister of the defendant but they had separated not long before the shooting and the two families had been at loggerheads.

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