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Man stabs father to death in Larnaca (update 2)

Police on Thursday arrested a 34-year-old man suspected of stabbing his father to death during an altercation the previous night.

George Steven Joannou, 34, was arrested by police in the early morning hours of Thursday after he was named by his grandmother as the person who stabbed Steve Andrea Joannou, 62. He was remanded in custody for eight days later in the day.

The 82-year-old woman called the police and told them her son was attacked with a knife at 10.10pm at an address in Oroklini. An ambulance transferred him to Larnaca general hospital where despite efforts by doctors he succumbed to his injuries.

He had been stabbed with a sharp knife in the chest, hip, and lower back. Police said the victim had seven stab wounds.

The two men had been watching television in the sitting room when the fight started. The 34-year-old attacked his father and threw him on the floor before stabbing him repeatedly, police said.

The suspect left the house on foot and was found by police next to a field in Oroklini at around 2am.

When he saw the officers he said: “I killed him, I will go to jail.”

The murder weapon was recovered around 2km from the house after the suspect showed officers the location.

Joannou, who suffers from psychological problems, had moved to Cyprus from the UK in 2015.

The court heard the reason for the fight was the suspect’s refusal to take his meds.

Joannou claimed the knife was his father’s. The suspect will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, police said.

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