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Second man pleads guilty in Rosca murder case

Victim Daniela Rosca

A second man charged with killing Moldovan Daniela Rosca in Larnaca last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday and will now be used as a prosecution witness.

Bulgarian Daniel Slavchev, 31, admitted charges of causing grievous bodily harm that resulted in the woman’s death, as well as theft.

He will join his compatriot Plamen Pelov, 32, who had already pleaded guilty during the last hearing earlier this month.

Both men will now be used as prosecution witnesses in the trial of Panayiotis Alexandrou, 26, from Aradippou, accused of instigating the killing.

The hearing has been set for Friday. The two Bulgarian men are expected to be sentenced in November.

Rosca was found dead in her flat in the Mackenzie area in November last year.

Police arrested Slavchev in June this year and he subsequently gave up Pelov. Pelov had already left the island but he surrendered to Bulgarian authorities on June 25 after hearing that a European arrest warrant had been issued against him.

Slavchev told police he and Pelov had been acting on the instructions of Alexandrou who believed Rosca had stolen €25,000 from his parents’ house after he had ended a relationship with her.

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

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

He claimed he saw Pelov move the woman to another room, pushing her to the floor and repeatedly kicking her in the neck and back before using a shoelace, which he said he also touched, to tie the woman’s hands behind her back.

He then pushed a pillow against her face to stop her from screaming.

Police said genetic material taken from Slavchev matched DNA found on the shoelace.

Slachev also led police to a location in Koshi where two mobile phones and an i-Pad belonging to Rosca had been buried along with a shirt, glove, and two passports.

Clothes worn by Slavchev and Pelov on the day of the killing were also found.

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