By Andria Kades
TRIPLE murder suspect Christakis Thoma is said to have confessed shortly after being taken into police custody late on Thursday.
A police patrol spotted Thoma near the village of Lania. He was walking alongside the main Limassol-Platres road, headed for Limassol.
A second person was also arrested on suspicion of helping Thoma elude authorities, which had mounted a nationwide manhunt since Tuesday, when the triple murders were committed.
“From his first statements, he appears to have confessed to committing the crime,” Limassol police chief Kypros Michaelides said.
Michaelides thanked the members of the public, to which police had appealed for help in tracking down the suspect.
He said police had information placing Thoma somewhere in Yermasoyia on Thursday morning. Subsequent information received during the day placed the suspect at another location in the mountainous region of Limassol.
It is believed he was hiding out in an abandoned house in Lania.
Authorities were conducting forensic tests on two cars believed to have been used by the suspect.
Thoma, 31, had shaven off his beard in a bid to avoid being recognized, after his picture was beamed across the media.
He is due to appear before a court on Friday for his remand hearing.
A father of two, Thoma is the prime suspect for the murders of Parashos and Constantinos Ntorzis – two siblings aged 19 and 21 – and Emilios Miltiadous.
While on the run, Thoma had reportedly texted his girlfriend, believed to be the root cause of the argument that led to the killings, that he did not regret what he did. The police could not verify this.
Thomas’ 62 year old father, Andreas, is serving an eight day remand since Wednesday for not preventing the vicious attack that started from the family-owned tavern called ‘Lokatzis’.
The brothers have one more brother, while the youngest of the two victims, Parashos leaves behind a young baby.
Thomas stabbed the three men at around 7.30pm on Tuesday after an argument at his father’s restaurant in Platia Iroon in the heart of the old part of Limassol.
It is believed the cause for the argument was a woman from Larnaca who had a relationship with Thomas, but would message the elder sibling Constantinos Ntorzis.
Police could not confirm reports that Thomas had beaten his girlfriend after seeing Facebook messages she exchanged with the elder of the two brothers.
As the argument got heated, eyewitnesses say tempers flared, tables were overturned and according to police, the suspect brandished a 30cm kitchen knife waving it and challenging the men to a fight.
The victims ran off but a chase ensued.
The father, who originally claimed he tried to stop his son but couldn’t keep up, was placed by witnesses to be on the scene of the third murder.
Thomas stabbed the victims a total of 13 times.
The youngest was killed first after he was knifed five times. Three of his wounds were on his hands indicating he tried to defend himself.
The 24-year-old was found around 20 metres down the road with two fatal stab wounds, while the third victim was lying 35 meters further down, stabbed six times, four in the face.
After the killings, Thomas returned to the tavern and then fled the scene with his car.
The knife used for the killings was found in the sink and efforts had been made to wipe it clean, but officers found traces of blood on the knife.