Famagusta district court Wednesday issued an eight-day remand order against Koulla Anastasiou, 48, in connection with helping one of two men believed to be responsible for the fatal stabbing of Briton George Henry Low on Sunday in Ayia Napa.
Arrest warrants for two Turkish Cypriot men, Mehmet Akpinar aka Memos, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 43, who are believed to have fled to the north are still pending.
Sources close to the investigation expect the British High Commission to put pressure on the authorities in the north to hand over the two suspects to stand trial for the killing.
In requesting the remand, Sergeant Andreas Mougi of Famagusta CID told Judge Michalis Charalambous that police had received information that two Turkish Cypriots were involved in the killing and a Larnaca woman in a relationship with one of them was an accessory after the fact.
Police told the court they are also looking for a third Turkish Cypriot from Nicosia for whom they have testimony implicating him in the men’s escape.
The court was told that unemployed Anastasiou, who has lived with Akpinar for a year in her Kamares home in Larnaca, was arrested at around 9.40pm on Tuesday.
In a voluntary statement she said her boyfriend had confided to her that he and Ahmet had stabbed the two British men following an altercation.
“I had a misunderstanding with two unknown men and I think someone was killed,” she quoted him as saying, police told the court.
The woman said Akpinar had told her the argument was triggered when the Turkish Cypriots rebuked the Britons for urinating behind a pub in Ayia Napa’s main square.
Anastasiou admitted in her statement to taking a taxi to Ayia Napa on the night of the killing, with a change of clothes for Akpinar and returning the next day to pick up a phone he had left behind.
Anastasiou, who gave the police a detailed statement, said in court in reference to the remand request, “I told them everything, I don’t know anything more. Aren’t eight days a lot?”
Police had said they were focusing their investigation on a 10 cm knife that was found at the scene of the crime.
Police told the court that at about 3.20am on the night of the murder, 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Joseph Robert Parker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street when they were attacked by the two men, armed with knives who then fled in different directions.
Low suffered a fatal wound to his neck which severed his carotid artery and was declared dead at 3.40am at the private clinic the two were rushed to in Paralimni. Parker was stabbed four times in the back and is still being treated at the clinic.
Eyewitnesses told police the perpetrators looked young, with one described as short and tubby, in jeans and a white shirt. His accomplice was also short, with black hair and was shirtless at the time.
Statements taken from Parker point to him not having known if there were larger issues between the attackers and his friend who was killed. The initial argument seemed to involve nothing more serious than a bit of pushing and shoving.
Investigators have tracked some of the movements of the suspects through CCTV footage and the authorities are on the lookout at the island’s airports, ports and crossing points to the north.
Low leaves behind four siblings, brothers Wesley, 23, and Oliver, 11, and sisters Laura, 19, and Millie, 17.