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Second man sought in Limassol murder case

Police at the scene of the killing in Limassol


Police are searching for a 25-year-old man in connection with a murder case in Limassol where an alleged motorcycle gunman was run down and killed last week after being hit by a car driven by a man at whose house the victim had reportedly fired shots moments earlier.

Following investigations, police secured testimony claiming that a second person was in the car that hit and killed 40-year-old Andreas Stylianou, aka Americanos. The 25-year-old, police said, is a relative of the 31-year-old man who has been arrested for the premeditated murder of Stylianou, as police believe the suspect deliberately drove his car at the motorcycle which the victim was riding.

An arrest warrant was issued against the 25-year old, who according to the testimony police secured, fled the scene following the collision.

The 31-year-old police said denies he intended on killing Stylianou and is refusing to cooperate.

The incident occurred last Wednesday at around 11.45pm when shots had been fired, allegedly by Stylianou.

When police arrived at the scene they found Stylianou’s dead body lying in the street next to his motorcycle. A handgun and five cartridges were also found in the road.

The suspect told police that the victim, who had been a friend, had called him on Wednesday night, threatening him and his family, as he held him responsible for a search carried out by the drug squad on his car two days earlier, which had found drugs. The 31-year-old said he heard the sound of a gun being loaded as he received the threats, so he subsequently left his house, got in the car and began patrolling the area.

Stylianou, he said, then turned up on his motorcycle, stopped in front of the suspect’s home and fired shots at it with his pistol.

The findings of a traffic police report presented in court, point to the car having collided with the motorcycle and dragged some ten metres, further noting that the nature of the road, the path of the two vehicles and the speed at with they were travelling did not justify the severity of the collision. Therefore, police did not rule out the possibility of intentional action by the driver.

Both the victim and the suspect had in the past attracted police attention in drugs-related cases.

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