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Father arrested for killing son over car keys

A police investigator at the scene of the crime in Paramytha

By Angelos Anastasiou

Timoleon Themistocleous, a 67-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing his 19-year-old son Odysseas last October and subsequently suffering a heart attack, was arrested on Friday, a police spokesman said.

According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades, the condition of the 67-year-old, who is being treated at the EOKA Veterans’ Rehabilitation Centre, was assessed by a medical board, which concluded that he is in a position to understand what has happened and the judicial proceedings that will be followed.

“Therefore, police obtained a warrant for his arrest, and a remand order will be requested on Saturday, at proceedings to be held at the rehabilitation centre,” Soteriades said.

The man was admitted for treatment after his elder son, 21, struck him repeatedly following the shooting in their home in Paramytha, near Limassol.

Soteriades added that the suspect is refusing to cooperate with investigators.

Themistocleous allegedly shot his son Odysseas with a hunting gun last October, during a heated argument over the use of the family car.

The argument reportedly occurred when Odysseas, who was a conscript, asked to take the car because he was due to report to his unit at 3pm.

His father refused and the two argued. Themistocleous reportedly went into the house and returned with the gun.

He then allegedly shot his son at point-blank range in the abdomen.

Following the shooting, the man’s elder son, Alexandros, tried to disarm him and after grabbing the weapon from his father, he hit him on the head with it.

A scuffle followed which left both the father and the 21-year-old in need of medical treatment.

The son had his wounds treated and was released, while the father was later transferred to Nicosia general hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

The family reportedly faced serious financial problems and this was a cause of tension between its members.

Citing unnamed sources, state broadcaster CyBC had reported that the father had threatened to kill his sons on two earlier occasions.

On another occasion, he allegedly pointed a firearm at his wife, threatening to shoot her.

Head of Limassol police Kypros Michaelides said police were unaware of any information on previous incidents as they had no complaint on file.



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