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Murder charges dropped against pensioner (Updated)

Constantinos Psillides

Μurder charges against Georgia Christoforou, 77, who was to stand on trial on Tuesday for the murder of her sister, Aliki Christoforou, on July 23 in Kritou Terra have been dropped.

Legal services agreed to drop the charges in exchange for Georgia testifying as the main prosecution witness against her brother in law Evripides Christou, 83, who is also on trial for the murder.

Aliki was found dead in her yard, covered with a blanket. She had an injury on the forehead thought to have been caused by a blow with a heavy object.

At the time, Christou went to hospital with wounds to his face. He claimed that he, his wife and her sister had been attacked by thieves the previous night, but he had not reported the incident to the police.

Georgia, who lives in the US but had been staying in Cyprus for the past year, also had wounds on her face but claimed she got them after a fall.

After she was arrested, Christoforou told police investigators that her brother-in-law hit both women with his walking stick. She also told police that her sister was alive after her beating and that she had complained of headaches.

It is thought that the three had differences over property matters.

The two have been held at the Central Prison in Nicosia since their arrest, where Christou will remain until the trial restarts on October 6.

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