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Remand for man accused of killing son

File photo of a police investigator at the murder scene in Paramytha

The 67-year-old man suspected of killing his 19-year-old son last October in Paramytha, Limassol, was remanded for six days on Saturday.

The suspect, Timoleon Themistocleous, who is being treated at the EOKA Veterans’ Rehabilitation Centre, was arrested on Friday after he had been assessed by a medical board which concluded that he is in a position to understand what had happened and the judicial proceedings that will be followed.

Themistocleous has been in poor health since the shooting after being hit in the head by his oldest son who tried to disarm his father following the shooting.

Saturday’s remand hearing took place at the rehabilitation centre, and he is to remain there, under police surveillance. The suspect, who did not object to his remand, was not represented by a lawyer. He is expected to apply for legal aid as he cannot afford a lawyer.

Themistocleous allegedly shot and killed his son Odysseas at point-blank range in the abdomen with a hunting gun last October, during a heated argument over the use of the family car.

The argument occurred when Odysseas, who was a conscript, asked to take the car because he was due to report to his unit and would otherwise be late. His father refused and the two argued.

Themistocleous reportedly went into the house and returned with the gun and shot his son. He was admitted for treatment after his elder son, 21, struck him repeatedly following the shooting.

According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades, the suspect is refusing to cooperate with investigators.

According to reports, the family 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, while on another occasion, he allegedly pointed a firearm at his wife, threatening to shoot her.

 

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