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Elderly couple killer pleads guilty to manslaughter

A 30-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges on Friday in relation with killing his aunt and uncle in Pitsilia in May last year.

The  defendant, who suffers from severe mental problems, had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder, which carry a mandatory penalty of life in jail.

On Friday, prosecutors withdrew the premeditated murder charges and added manslaughter instead whose maximum sentence is life imprisonment.

The 30-year-old is expected to be sentenced on February 16.

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 post mortems 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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