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Double murder probe continues as victims laid to rest (updated)

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As the victims of the double murder in Nicosia were laid to rest on Tuesday, police continued their investigation without, however, any signs as to the direction they are headed.

The funeral of English School maths teacher Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his 59-year-old wife, Dina Sergiou, who worked for the Central bank, is scheduled for 3.30pm in Strovolos, not far from their home where they found brutally murdered last Thursday.

A 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.

The couple’s 15-year-old adopted son, the sole witness to the crime, had claimed two hooded perpetrators had forced entry into the house and told him they would not harm him. The boy managed to flee, running to a neighbouring house.

Police said they found no sign of forced entry or robbery.

The 15-year-old has yet to be questioned by police who have not recovered the murder weapon either.

“Interviews will continue, the statements will be assessed and the investigators will decide the time of the particular interview,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.

On Monday, investigators briefed the attorney-general on the progress of the case during a meeting at the Legal service.

Reports said Tuesday the police were flying in a forensic psychologist from the UK to assist in the investigation.

Attorney-general Costas Clerides said there was still a lot that had to be done but did not go into details.

“The case under investigation is difficult for various reasons,” he said.

On reports relating to the adequacy of the state pathologists, Clerides said it was not the responsibility of his department as they were under the health ministry.

The double murder, however, was the second time the Cypriot authorities had asked a Greek pathologist to provide their expertise.

Clerides also rejected suggestions by Marios Matsakis, a former state pathologist hired by Hadjigeorgiou’s family to look into the case, that the authorities were hiding things.

Police put out their own statement on Tuesday after critical reports in the media regarding the investigation.

The force rejected the reports as untrue, adding they will not affect efforts to fully resolve the “unprecedented” case.

It said it was investigating the case professionally and responsibly, always in line with the law and investigative procedures.

On Tuesday, Matsakis repeated that the police had rejected his request to visit the scene without any explanation.

“The police told us they have instructions from the AG’s office not to allow this,” he said. “Examining the scene of the crime is oftentimes more important than the post-mortem.”

Matsakis claimed he was certain the authorities were hiding something. “There is no other explanation. And why do they keep the scene closed for six days?”

He also questioned why a pathologist had to be brought from Greece when Cyprus had four state pathologists.


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