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Kalopsidiotis state witnesses to be sentenced on Monday (Updated)

The murder scene

Larnaca court decided Thursday that two of the six suspects involved in the gangland style killings of businessman Phanos Theophanos Kalopsidiotis and three others, who have turned state witnesses after pleading guilty will be sentenced next Monday.

Charalambos Andreou, 32, who admitted to 20 charges in connection with the June 23 murders and his neighbour Sotiria Neophitou, 30, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact had the details of their cases read out.

The two expressed their willingness to turn state witness at the last hearing in September when Marios Christodoulou, aka ‘Bennis’, 38, Panayiotis Pentafkas, 39, and Sofia Gregoriou, 29, all pleaded not guilty to 20 charges read out by prosecutor Elli Papagapiou. These included conspiracies to commit a felony, premeditated murder, attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and theft and arson of the vehicle used in the killings. The others were arrested following testimony from Andreou.

The fifth suspect, Serbian Loy Dejan, 42, did not put in a plea at the last hearing as his lawyer withdrew and a new one took over who needed time to study the case. This followed his being granted legal aid after the presentation of a welfare report into his financial situation which had been ordered.

Christodoulou and Andreou were also charged with conspiring to commit crimes not directly related to the Ayia Napa offences, these being the attempted premediated murders of Alexis Mavromichalis, Joseph Joseph and Christodoulos Demitriou. The prosecution says these took place between May and June of this year.

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