Cyprus Mail

Matricide suspect in psychiatric care

Crime scene investigators at Marathonos street in Ayios Dhometios on Friday (Philip Mark)

The matricide suspect who gave himself in to police will not appear in court Saturday as he has been compulsorily hospitalised at Athalassa psychiatric hospital after being examined by a psychiatrist.

Police on Friday arrested the 36-year-old man after he rode his moped to a Nicosia police station in the morning, handed in two knives and admitted to killing his 65-year-old mother.

The man was examined by state pathologist Angela Papetta, shortly after the killing, and questioned by police, with reports saying he appeared to be detached from his surroundings and unaware of what he had done.

The findings of the autopsy carried out on Elpiniki Kyriacou by Papetta, point to her being asleep and having no time to react when she was stabbed. She received three wounds to the neck and one to her right cheek, with no defensive injuries located.

The cause of death was recorded as haemorrhagic shock, with two of the neck wounds, nine centimetres deep and three wide considered fatal as they severed her carotid artery and larynx.

Officers scrambled to the scene on Marathonos Street in Ayios Dhometios on Friday morning and found the body of the woman lying face down in the bedroom. The street was cordoned off, with the state pathologist and crime-scene investigators called in.

Witnesses said they heard the 36-year-old’s father shouting “he slaughtered Koulla,” as he ran out in the street, having 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 in the past.

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