Police on Friday arrested a man who they say rode his moped to a Nicosia police station in the morning, handed in two knives and admitted to killing his mother.
“Members of the police went to a house in Ayios Dhometios where they found 65-year-old Elpiniki Kyriacou dead,” a statement said. “The discovery of the 65-year-old was preceded by a voluntary statement made by a 36-year-old who came to Ayios Dhometios police station at around 8.40 this morning.”
“In testimony, the 36-year-old admitted to committing the murder of the 65-year-old. He was arrested on a judicial warrant to facilitate investigations.”
Officers scrambled to the scene on Marathonos Street and found the body of the woman lying face down in the bedroom. The street was cordoned off, with state pathologist Angeliki Papetta and crime-scene investigators called in.
Witnesses said they heard the 36-year-old’s father, when he ran out in the street shouting “he slaughtered Koulla,” before they realised what was going on. He had just returned from dropping off a grandchild.
People who know the suspect told the Cyprus Mail that he lived with his parents and that he was suffering from psychological problems and had been treated at Athalassa psychiatric hospital in the past.
Friends and relatives who gathered at the scene were in shock, crying and comforting each other.
Nicosia police chief Demetris Demetriou, who visited the scene, called the killing an “unfortunate family tragedy.”
Examinations at the scene determined the woman, who was found face down next to her bed, was stabbed more than once, in the neck and face. A post mortem due to be carried, will ascertain whether the body has any more defensive or other injuries.
The suspect, who is due to be questioned will also be examined by a psychiatrist. Papetta saw him at Ayios Dhometios police station before going on to the body, with more forensic examinations expected.