THE trial of 31-year-old Christakis Thoma, accused of killing three people in a frenzied knife attack in Limassol’s busy Anexartisias area last November, continued under tight security on Wednesday with the deposition of facts accepted by both the prosecution and defence.
Following the brief process, which included testimony from two police officers, the accused was returned to prison. The trial is set to continue on September 22.
Thoma denies the premeditated murders of brothers Paraschos and Constantinos Ntorzi, 19 and 21, and Emilios Miltiadous, 24, on the night of November 24 after which he fled the scene, but was caught and arrested two days later.
At the last hearing, Thoma maintained everything had started when he broke up with a girlfriend who had persuaded the Ntorzi brothers to phone and continually harass him and one of his two underage children. Thomas said he considered this a misunderstanding which was sorted out after intervention by mutual acquaintances.
However, one of the Ntorzi brothers who was now engaged to the girl, accused Thoma of badmouthing his fiancée leading to a telephone conversation in which the two agreed to meet at Thoma’s father’s restaurant in Heroes Square.
The three youths arrived and began swearing at him outside the restaurant and Thoma said he asked them to sit down and accept his hospitality. He told the court he lost his temper when they continued to curse him and his children, grabbing a knife to intimidate them at which point they began throwing chairs at him.
He then pursued them with his father in tow yelling at him to stop. Not realising they were dead after stabbing them in the street, he returned to the restaurant and continued work until finding out from the internet that the three were dead.