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Alleged collaborators in Napa shooting go to trial this month

The Famagusta criminal court on Friday found that two defendants in a multiple gangland killing in Ayia Napa last summer have a case to answer as the prosecution rested.

Panayiotis Pentafkas and Dejan Loy will have to mount their defence on June 6, 9, 13, and 16.

The two face charges in relation with the murders of businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis and police officer Elias Hadjiefthymiou, 46, and his wife Skevi, 39.

The trio were gunned down while having dinner at the Stone Garden restaurant on the evening of June 23. One of the shooters, Albanian Yiani Vogli, was also killed.

A second Albanian national, Aleks Burreli, who took part in the shooting, is still at large.

The couple’s two children, 15 and 12, were also present but they escaped unharmed.

Pentafkas was allegedly the individual who showed the gunmen the escape route that had not security cameras along the way.

Loy used to work as Kalopsidiotis’ bodyguard and is accused of collaborating with the shooters by confirming that the victim was at the restaurant shortly before they burst in guns blazing. At the time, Loy was in the toilet.

Initially, authorities arrested and charged six defendants, four of which have since changed their pleas to guilty. Two of them got life in prison.


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