Cyprus Mail

Double murder trial adjourned

The trial of a 30-year-old man accused of killing an elderly couple in Pitsilia in May has been adjourned for November 9 to give time to his defence to prepare.

The defendant, who was the couple’s nephew, suffers from serious psychological problems.

On Friday, Limassol’s Criminal Court approved his request for legal aid. His defence asked for time to study the file and the court adjourned for November 9.

The man faces four charges of premeditated murder, and possession, transport and use of a firearm and ammunition.

He pleaded guilty to the three firearm charges but not to premeditated murder.

The victims, Savvas Sophocleous, 74, and his 78-year-old wife Kyriaki, 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 crime belonged to the suspect’s brother, a 33-year-old game warden, who will stand trial for failing to secure his weapon and its ammunition properly.

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

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