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Police arrest fatal hit-and-run suspects (updated)

A man and a woman detained in connection with a fatal hit-and- run in Paphos on Saturday morning have been remanded in custody for four days.

The pair, a 35-year-old from Paphos and his partner, 26, from Limassol, denied any involvement in the incident in which Yiannakis Christodoulou, 79, died. The pensioner was killed while crossing Ampelokipon Street.

The driver fled the scene while the pensioner was taken to hospital where his death was confirmed by doctors.

Later on Saturday, police released a photo of what they believed to be the car involved in the hit-and-run, time stamped at 7.22 am.

On Monday, police told the court that a shop security camera had recorded the car at the scene. A Toyota Yaris or Vitz with damage to the front bumper and left side of the windshield was recorded by the camera.

Police said they also had eyewitness testimony that a vehicle of the same description was seen fleeing the scene of the accident. It was driven by a young man.

The registration plate was not recorded by the camera and officers started going through a list of around 900 vehicles fitting the description.

They had checked over 100 before tracking down the one they suspect was involved in the incident.

The owner of the car was the 26-year-old’s mother who said the car was being used by her daughter and had not idea about it being damaged.

Her daughter claimed that her fiancé had crashed the car on his own early on Saturday. She alleged that she did not know the location of the crash.

However, in his statement, the man told police the damage was caused in an accident 10 days ago and expressed readiness to show police the location.



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