A 21-year-old man will remain in custody for a further seven days in connection with the murder of his mother, a British bases (SBA) court decided on Tuesday.
Iraqi-Kurdish refugee Amil Aziz, was arrested by SBA police in Dhekelia on August 31 after his mother, Yasmin Mansour, 43, was found dead with her throat cut.
Tuesday’s hearing was attended by his father and one of his brothers.
The suspect appeared without a lawyer but he later agreed to seek legal assistance at the court’s recommendation.
Police told the court that he refuses to speak about his mother’s death and that he had asked to remain in jail because he did not want to go home.
Investigators said they have taken statements from numerous people that were close to the suspect but were still waiting for the results of the DNA tests on various items and clothing collected after the crime.
Witness accounts had placed Amil Aziz with Mansour that evening, when they were spotted taking a walk together just before midnight near their home at the ‘Victoria Coach Park’ – a refugee settlement on the base.
Soon after Aziz was seen crouched over Mansour, who was on the ground bleeding on the front door steps of a nearby house.
When a neighbour rushed over to investigate, Aziz said Mansour had been bitten by a dog. Moments later he fled the scene on foot.
The witness rushed to alert Mansour’s husband, who managed to drag her blood soaked body on to the back of seat of the family car, in an attempt to get her to hospital.
Emergency services arrived soon after, and Mansour was pronounced dead.
An autopsy carried out at the scene, showed “signs of strangulation, followed by multiple stab wounds with a very sharp knife, which had slit the vessels, musculature and respiratory tract of the victim’s throat.”