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Fury after wife acquitted of husband’s murder (updated)

Scuffles broke out in a Limassol courtroom after a woman was acquitted of killing her husband two years ago.

The Criminal Court however, found her 37-year-old lover, Onisiforos Kolias, guilty of the premeditated murder of Loukas Constantinou, 35, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence.

Constantinou, from Kolossi, was murdered in April 2013.

Christia Charalambous,30, was acquitted of premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit felony charges after the court found that no evidence proving her involvement in the crime had been presented.

Prompted by the verdict and her family’s reaction, the outraged victim’s relatives assaulted Charalambous’ kin and also tried to hit the defendants.

Reports said they also made a move against the three judges who managed to leave the room before the angry relatives got to them.

The relatives scuffled with police, injuring one officer who was taken to hospital.

Constanatinou’s father was also rushed to hospital after he felt ill.

The court reconvened behind closed doors to announce its decision concerning Kolias.

The victim’s brother later said it was an unfair decision.

“They destroyed one family and they will destroy more with the decision they took,” Andreas Demetriou said.

Constantinou’s charred body was found in a torched car near Lady’s Mile in Limassol

The victim, who worked for Limassol municipality’s sanitation department had been reported missing from his home a week earlier.

According to the pathologist’s report the cause of death was a blow to the left side of the skull with a blunt object.

The report confirmed that the victim had been killed before the car he was in found in was torched apparently in a bid to destroy evidence.

The defendants had been arrested in April but were released because authorities did not have enough evidence. They were arrested again January 2014.

 

 

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