Cyprus Mail

Double murder trial postponed for July 14

A trial of a 30-year-old man accused of killing an elderly couple in May has been adjourned for July 14 to give time to his defence to study the charges and evidence.

The suspect, whose been diagnosed with severe mental problems, faces charges of premeditated murder in the killing of Savvas Sophocleous, 74, and his 78-year-old wife Kyriaki.

The couple, who were the suspect’s uncle and aunt, were found shot dead in a storage shed in their orchard in Ayios Ioannis in the Pitsilia area.

The autopsies on the couple showed the man was shot twice and the woman four times from close range.

The firearm used in the May 7 murder belongs to the suspect’s brother, a 33-year-old game warden.

He is facing charges for not securing his weapon and its ammunition properly.

It has been reported the murder suspect harboured murderous thoughts against his aunt and uncle because he had not been invited to a family christening.

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