By Andria Kades
The 31-year-old man who initially admitted to the killing of three young men in Anexartisias, Limassol late last year, denied on Tuesday three charges of premeditated murder when they were read on out in court.
Christakis Thoma, who killed brothers Constantinos and Parasxos Ntorzis aged 21 and 19 as well as their sister’s partner Aimilios Miltiadous, 24 in late November off a side street at busy Anexartisias, had confessed after arrest he acted out of blind rage stabbing the men a total of 13 times.
At Limassol criminal court however, when prosecutor Andreas Aristidis read out the charges Thoma was facing, with a loud and resounding ‘no’ denied the premeditated killing of the three victims.
Sitting in court also was his father, aged 62 who was recently released from psychiatric facility Athalassa after treatment. Limassol police confirmed he will not be facing any charges.
The first hearings into the case will take place on March 29 and 30. Thoma will remain in custody until then.
There are 72 witnesses for the case.
Acting as Thomas’ defence is lawyer Robertos Vrahimis.
Another two individuals aged 41 and 39 face charges for assisting in his escape immediately following the killings.
After the proceeding was wrapped up, Thoma was then ushered to another courtroom for a separate development in a case dating November 2012 where he was accused of causing actual body harm to a middle-aged man who had blocked his way while driving.
Thoma, angered by this kept zig-zagging his vehicle around the middle-aged man trying to block him as they drove on the highway off Agios Tychonas towards Larnaca, the court heard.
Managing eventually to force the older man to come to a halt on the left lane, Thoma got out of his car smashing the victim’s windshield and proceeded to repeatedly punch him, prosecutors said.
A police patrol spotted the incident but Thoma managed to flee before they could catch him. Officers saw his number plates and located him while the victim was taken to the hospital.
The victim, today in a wheelchair, suffered a stroke he claims was the result of Thomas’ beating.