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Father to face Criminal Court over son’s killing

A police investigator at the scene of the crime in Paramytha

A 67-year-old man who shot and killed his son, 19, in Paramytha, Limassol, was on Thursday referred to the Criminal Court, which will convene on March 1.

Timoleon Themistocleous is accused of shooting and killing his son Odysseas with a hunting shotgun during a heated argument over the use of the family car last October.

The argument started 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.

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

He was being treated at the EOKA Veterans’ Rehabilitation Centre since.

Themistocleous, who is on a wheelchair, was taken to court on Thursday in an ambulance.

His defence did not object to their client remaining in custody until the trial. He was transferred to Central Prison in Nicosia where he will be examined by a doctor to determine if further treatment was necessary.

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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