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Police to decide when son of murder couple will testify (Updated)

The scene of the double murder in Strovolos (Christos Theodorides)

Police investigators will decide when the 15-year-old son of the couple found fatally stabbed in their bedroom in their Strovolos home last Thursday is to be questioned, it was announced on Monday.

The boy’s statement, as the sole witness, is believed to be the key to breaking the case.

Following a meeting on Monday morning at the state legal service, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the case investigators briefed Attorney-General Costas Clerides on what had been done so far and officials coordinated as to what else is left to be made.

According to reports, investigators presented the forensic evidence from both the crime scene and the post-mortems to identify any gaps.

On whether it was decided if the 15-year-old would be questioned, Angelides said that police will continue to take testimonies which will be assessed, “and it will be decided by the investigators when the statement in question will be taken”.

He reiterated that police would make announcements when they find it necessary to do so “without entering into any details and that should be understood”.

Clerides said after the meeting that there was a briefing on the work of the investigators to-date “which will continue at an intensive pace”.

The boy underwent on Sunday afternoon a forensic medical examination by three pathologists, according to a pathologist.

Marios Matsakis, a former state pathologist who has been engaged in the case on behalf of the couple’s relatives told Sigma TV that the 15-year-old’s medical examination was carried out by medical examiner Chara Spiliopoulou who was called in from Greece by the government, state -pathologist Eleni Antoniou and himself. Also present were reportedly a psychologist, a family member and the family’s lawyer.

A second post-mortem was also carried out on the couple, police said on Saturday.

The second examination was conducted by Spiliopoulou, who arrived from Greece on Saturday, and state-pathologist Eleni Antoniou. Police said that Spilipoulou conducted a second examination of the scene of the crime as well.

According to reports, Spiliopoulou seems to have formed the view that there was only one person on the crime scene. At the same time, Spiliopoulou, after the second post-mortem, allegedly helped fill in some gaps for investigators.

Teacher Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his 59-year-old wife, Dina Sergiou, who worked for the Central Bank, were found in a pool of blood in their bedroom at around 1.30am on Thursday morning, stabbed multiple times apparently while they slept.

An initial post-mortem found that Hadjigeorgiou had been stabbed 25 to 30 times while his wife suffered around 10 blows. They both had one defensive wound each on their right arms. There was no sign of forced entry into the building and it didn’t appear to be a robbery.

Police have yet to recover the murder weapon. On Friday, officers with dogs and metal detectors searched the area around the detached two-storey home.

The police spokesman said the searches came up empty.

Investigators have also collected footage from all the available security cameras in the area in a bid to find clues that will lead to the perpetrator or perpetrators.

That is why they believe the couple’s adopted son could be the key to breaking the case. Reports said they had locked him in a basement storage room but that he managed to open the door and ran outside to seek help from neighbours.

He said the perpetrators had forced entry into the house and told him they would not harm him.

 

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