Cyprus Mail

Suspects remanded in suspicious Kritou Terra death (update)

Scene where the body was found (CNA)

By Evie Andreou

The sister and husband of a 78-year-old woman found dead in her yard in Kritou Terra on Wednesday night were on Thursday remanded for eight days.

The husband, 83, of Aliki Christophorou was admitted to hospital on Wednesday with wounds on his face. His remand hearing took place at the Paphos Hospital and he will be guarded there until he is well enough to be transferred to prison, police said.

Arrest warrants were issued for the two on Wednesday night with police saying they were investigating a case of possible murder. They are facing charges of premeditated murder and committing a felony.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides, said that Christophorou’s husband and sister were arrested because during questioning their statements were contradictive.

According to reports, at the court hearing her sister, Georgia Christophorou, 77, who appeared without a lawyer seemed disoriented and she kept asking where she was and where her sister was.

She was surprised when she was told that her sister was dead and she was in court.

Christophorou reportedly gave contradictive answers when asked about the wounds on her face and when she had seen her sister. She also did not respond to questions and refused to cooperate with the police.

An autopsy showed the victim had died from injuries to the head from a heavy object and state coroner Sofoklis Sophocleous did not rule out the possibility of foul play.

Her body, with wounds on the forehead, was found on Wednesday at 10.30am tucked under a blanket near a tree by members of the Paphos CID.

Her husband, who appeared at Polis Chrysochous hospital also with wounds on his face, claimed that he and his wife and sister-in-law were attacked by thieves the previous night, but he had not reported the incident to the police.

The dead woman’s sister who lives in the US but had been staying in Cyprus for a year also had wounds on her face but claims she got them after a fall.

Angelides said police were still looking for the murder weapon and that they were planning on taking 46 statements that might help shed light on the case.

Both the husband and sister’s wounds were examined by a state coroner.

Residents of the village had reported to police that they had heard arguments and women’s screams coming from the house the previous night. The two sisters reportedly had disputes over property and the couple often argued about the same matter.

“We are examining the motive of the murder, indeed some information has been evaluated  and we have a report saying that the previous night the suspect (husband) was heard shouting, there was an argument, it is something we will investigate through statements; what happened and what the motive is,” Angelides said.

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