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Man remanded after shooting wife

The Larnaca District Court on Friday ordered the eight-day remand of Yiangos Katsaris, 80, who murdered his wife Zoe on Thursday morning outside her home in Kokkines, Pervolia.

At the remand hearing, the court heard that Katsaris is being investigated for premeditated murder as well as illegal possession and use of a firearm and explosive materials.

According to the lead investigator, at 9:45am on Thursday police received a call from Katsaris’ son Savvas, who said that his father had shot his estranged wife, 77, outside her home.

CID members rushed to the scene to find the victim lying unconscious on the ground, with Katsaris, his son, and Zoe Katsaris’ domestic worker also present.

Savvas Katsaris had already removed the murder weapon, a revolver, from his father.

An ambulance then took the victim to Larnaca General Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.

The lead investigator said that the domestic worker told police that she had been inside the house when she heard the victim and the suspect argue loudly outside.

She added that she heard a gunshot shortly thereafter, at which point she went outside and saw the victim lying on the ground, and the suspect standing over her, holding a pistol.

She then saw Katsaris shoot two more shots.

Searching his car, police found 14 rounds of bullets, the investigator said.

Following his arrest, Katsaris confessed to committing the offence, and pointed to the location of the murder.

In a voluntary statement he gave police, Katsaris said he went to the victim’s home, and they argued because she didn’t want him going there.

According to Katsaris, she attacked him during the quarrel, hitting him with the lid of a dustbin, thus enraging him.

This was when he drew the revolver and shot her three times in the chest.

Police said they are planning to take approximately 40 statements from people in the Katsaris family’s circle of friends and relatives, while the suspect will undergo psychological testing to establish his mental state.

Katsaris denied the premeditated murder charge, and the lead investigator said that, if this charge is not backed by evidence, other charges will be filed against him.

In light of this, the court approved the police’s request for Katsaris’ eight-day remand.

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