Cyprus Mail

Explosives found near home of murder victim

Police at the scene of the killing in Limassol

Police on Tuesday discovered two live fragmentation hand grenades near the Limassol home of a 40-year-old man killed last week after his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by a man he had allegedly threatened earlier that day.

Officers with sniffer dogs searched the area around Andreas Stylianou’s house on Tuesday, finding the grenades in a plastic container buried in an open space.

The munitions were collected by the bomb squad for forensic tests.

Stylianou was killed last Wednesday after driving to the house of a 31-year-old on his motorcycle and firing several shots at the building. He considered the man responsible for a police check of his car that found a quantity of drugs.

However, following threats against him by Stylianou, the 31-year-old said he left his house and patrolled the area.

Stylianou, he said, turned up on his motorcycle, stopped in front of his house and fired shots at it with his pistol.

A collision followed and Stylianou was killed. When police arrived at the scene they also found a handgun and five cartridges.

The 31-year-old, who was arrested, denied killing Stylianou intentionally. Police are treating the case as premeditated murder.

They have issued an arrest warrant for a 25-year-old man thought to have been in the car with the suspect at the time.

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