Cyprus Mail

Oroklini pub owner referred to criminal court

By Constantinos Psillides

SERGIOS Sergiou, 43, who last week barricaded himself in his pub after shooting at his estranged wife, was yesterday referred to the Larnaca Criminal court on charges of attempted murder, illegal transportation of a firearm, and causing grievous bodily harm.

Despite objections by defence lawyer Andriana Kledi, Judge Maria Loizou ordered that Sergiou remain in custody until the hearing.

On January 26, Sergiou got into an argument with his estranged wife, 41, over child support at his pub in Oroklini village, Larnaca.

The suspect claims he lost his temper and fired his shotgun twice in the air. Two pellets hit her shoulder and one hit her abdomen.

The woman, a Moldovan national, went to the Oroklini police station to report the incident, while the suspect locked himself in the pub and threatened to commit suicide.

He surrendered after a 30-hour stand-off with the police.

Police told the court that the couple, who have a 15-month-old son, were having marital troubles and had split early last year.

Prosecutor Thanasis Papanicolaou presented four recordings of the Moldovan woman reporting alleged abuse to the police. The prosecutor also claimed that the man had told his wife while in the pub – after she threatened to call the police – that he would kill anyone who came close.

Three other women – the cleaning lady, the woman’s sister and a friend – were also in the pub when the shooting took place and, according to what police investigators told the court during a remand hearing last week, corroborate the wife’s story.

The trial is set for February 26.

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