The trial of Panayiotis Alexandrou, the third suspect in the murder of Moldovan Daniela Rosca was postponed Friday by the Larnaca court until November 25 in order sentence be passed on two other men involved who have pleaded guilty.
At the last hearing sentence was due to be passed on Plamen Pelov who admitted to five charges including murder and conspiracy. This too was postponed following the second suspect, Daniel Slatchev’s change of plea to guilty, with the court setting November 3 as the new date for sentencing.
Police were led to the other two after arresting Slavchev in June this year with Pelov returned to Cyprus after hearing he was sought by police having left the country two days after the killing.
Police issued a European arrest warrant prompting him to contact investigators from Bulgaria saying he would hand himself in, which he did on June 25.
Larnaca police were led by Slachev to a spot in the Koshi area where two mobile phones and an iPad belonging to Rosca had been buried along with a shirt, gloves, and two passports. Clothes worn by Slavchev and Pelov on the day of the killing were also discovered.
Slavchev told detectives after his arrest that he and Pelov were acting on the instructions of Alexandrou who allegedly orchestrated the killing, as he believed Rosca had been involved in stealing €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 maintained 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.
Slavchev told police the pair then took the mobile phones and i-Pad before fleeing the scene.
According to police, cheek swabs taken from the Slavchev matched DNA found on the shoelace.