By Constantinos Psillides
FORMER convict Andreas Onoufriou, 63, will appear before the Larnaca district court on Thursday to be charged with the attempted murder of police officers, the police said on Monday.
Onoufriou will also be facing charges of illegal transportation of firearms (a military gun, a pistol and a shotgun) and ammunition.
A 60-year-old man from Lagia village, Christoforos Kyprianou, will be charged with aiding Onoufriou, after the former convict was arrested at his house.
A third person, 63-year-old Michalis Michail from Xylotympou, Famagusta district, will be charged with illegal transportation of a hunting shotgun. The shotgun was discovered in Onoufriou’s possession when he was arrested.
Onoufriou led the police on a five-day manhunt that ended with his arrest at Lagia village on April 29. Police first attempted to arrest Onoufriou a few days earlier, at his apartment in Limassol. Police officers were acting on a tip saying that Onoufriou had guns in his home and that he was linked to a string of armed robberies. Armed with a standard issued military rifle, known as a G3, Onoufriou fired at the officers and fled the scene.
He opened fire at police officers again when they tracked him down at his hideaway in Lagia village. While the gunfight took place, Onoufriou was with his five-year-old son who had been taken from the care of the convict’s mother and two sisters.
Back in 1996 Onoufriou was sentenced to 18 years in jail for the attempted murder of a judge in Limassol.
In 2012 he was named in a plot to murder then Attorney-general Petros Clerides but the charges were later dropped.