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Second arrest after knifed man found in Larnaca flat

A second man, a 56-year-old from Russia, has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 51-year-old Bulgarian whose decomposing body was found stabbed in the chest in his Larnaca apartment on Friday.

The suspect was arrested in Larnaca on Sunday under a warrant after testimony pointing at his involvement in the case. He is expected to be remanded in court on Monday.

Another man, a 49-year-old Russian, was arrested on Friday afternoon and remanded on Saturday for eight days.

The victim, Bulgarian Daniel Nikolov, 51, was found in a state of advanced decomposition at his home in Larnaca on Friday after neighbours complained about a foul smell coming from the apartment.

He had a knife in his chest and several wounds to his chest and back which were caused by a sharp object. Police believe the murder was committed between November 11 and 17.

Police said evidence at the scene suggested a struggle had taken place prior to the murder, as the floor was covered with broken furniture and blood.

The police investigator told the court on Saturday that on November 11 Nicolov and the 49-year-old had had a fight in the same apartment and that officers who went to the scene found them both slightly injured and smelling of alcohol, trying to clean the floor from blood and broken glass.

Nicolov, who had blood on his hands, reportedly told officers that he was injured when the glass he was holding broke. They both told officers that they were friends and had been drinking for quite some time. They apologised for the incident, which they said was due to a misunderstanding.

Neighbours told police that they hadn’t seen Nicolov since that day.

Treating the case as premeditated murder, police arrested the 49-year-old, who appeared in court on Saturday with his right eye and part of his face wrapped in a bandage.

Following the discovery of the body, police issued an arrest warrant against the 49-year-old and a search warrant for his house and car as they secured information that he was the last person to leave Nicolov’s apartment.

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