An 80-year-old man murdered his 77-year-old estranged wife at her home in Pervolia, Larnaca, following a heated argument over financial matters, police said on Thursday.
According to police, at around 9am Thursday, pensioner Yiangos Katsaris went to his farmhouse in Pervolia, where his estranged wife Zoe Katsaris lived with her domestic worker.
“At around 9:30am, an 80-year-old man from Larnaca appears to have shot his 77-year-old wife with a firearm, fatally wounding her,” Larnaca police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said.
“The victim was taken to the Larnaca General hospital, while police investigations are still at an early stage.”
Police said the couple had a row over financial affairs, and Katsaris drew a revolver and shot his wife five times.
“The motive in the case is under investigation,” Zachariou said.
“It appears that the perpetrator fired a number of rounds at his wife. The firearm he used has been found by police, and the perpetrator has been taken to the Kiti police station, where he is giving a written statement. He appears to be cooperating with police.”
Following the incident, the domestic worker called the police, and Larnaca CID rushed to the scene to investigate.
Katsaris will appear before the Larnaca District Court on Friday for a remand order.
Zoe Katsaris lived at the farm house for the last two years, while her estranged husband stayed at their house in Larnaca.
According to unnamed sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency, the 80-year-old’s revolver is old, and the man had no license to carry it.
The same sources claimed that the couple had frequent squabbles over money.
Prior to retirement, both had worked for years at the Larnaca General Hospital, the 80-year-old as an administrative clerk and the 77-year-old a midwife.