A criminal court in the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) in Dhekelia on Thursday found a 21-year-old Iraqi national guilty of slaying his mother, and will be pronouncing sentence on May 20.
The court found the man guilty of premeditated murder, a crime punishable with life imprisonment. It also ordered that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation by the date of sentencing.
During the trial the defendant had pled not guilty.
The incident occurred on August 30 last year, when the man’s 46-year-old mother was found bludgeoned in the family car, about 100 metres from her house in the village of Ormidia.
An autopsy showed the woman had received several wounds to the throat and hands from a sharp instrument.
An arrest warrant was issued for the son shortly afterwards. Police picked him up on a street in Ormidia, just a few kilometres from the crime scene.
The family were among a group of Iraqi and Syrian Kurds who washed up on the shores of Akrotiri base 17 years ago. They were on their way from Lebanon to Italy. They had recently moved to an area called Victoria Park where trailer park style homes were set up for the refugees still on the base.