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Police locate missing items belonging to murder victim Rosca

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Larnaca police on Thursday located the two mobile phones and an i-Pad belonging to 36-year-old Daniela Rosca, a Moldovan national who was found murdered in her flat last November.

The three items had been burned then buried at a spot in the Koshi area.

Police were able to track the items using metal detectors, after they were led to the spot by suspect Daniel Yordanov Slavchev, a 31-year-old Bulgarian currently in police custody.

At the same spot, police found a shirt, a glove and two passports. In a nearby spot, they uncovered the clothes worn on the day by Slavchev and 32-year-old Plamen Pelov, still at large, whom Slavchev has named as his accomplice in the grisly murder.

Larnaca CID hopes that Pelov, the alleged accomplice, will be extradited by Bulgaria within the week.

Following his recent arrest, Slavchev told detectives that he and Pelov were acting on the instructions of Panayiotis Alexandrou, 26, from Aradippou, Larnaca.

Alexandrou allegedly orchestrated the murder of Rosca, whom he believed to have been involved in the theft of €25,000 from his parents’ house after he had ended their romantic affair. He is also currently in police custody.

Slavchev and Pelov were to break into Rosca’s apartment and force her to hand over the money.

Entering the flat, Slavchev claimed, he saw Pelov, clad in a hood and gloves, holding a woman from behind, whose face he couldn’t make out.

He then saw Pelov move the woman to another bedroom, push her to the floor and repeatedly kick her on the neck and back.

Then, using a shoelace he found in another room, which Slavchev claimed to have also touched, Pelov tied the woman’s hands behind her back, and pushed a pillow against her face to keep her from screaming.

According to Slavchev, the two then took her two mobile phones and her i-Pad before fleeing the scene.

Hours later, they went to a spot in the Koshi area, where they burned both the stolen items and Pelov’s items of clothing.

During Slavchev’s remand renewal hearing on Thursday, the lead police investigator told the court that cheek swabs taken from the suspect matched DNA material found on the shoelace used to tie the victim’s hands.

Slavchev was re-remanded in custody for five days.

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