A 40-year-old man held on suspicion of killing a woman earlier this month has admitted the crime, police said on Wednesday.
The man was arrested on November 12 in connection with the stabbing murder of Yiannoula Hadjiyianni, 56, in the village of Ikos in the Marathasa area of the Nicosia district.
Police told the court on Wednesday that the suspect had given a statement on November 16, admitting to killing the woman to steal the money she had with her. The man, a Georgian national, initially denied the accusations.
The court renewed a remand order for an additional eight days.
Hadjiyianni was found dead inside her car at around 1.15pm. She bore multiple stab wounds, which police believe had been caused by a pocketknife found broken on the passenger seat.
An eyewitness put the suspect inside the victim’s car earlier. He was also seen buying a pocketknife from a convenience store which looks like the one found by police inside the car.
The man was also found in possession of around €1500 that he could not justify.
Hadjiyianni worked at a grocery store in Kalopanayiotis. Reports suggested the killer had hitched a ride with the woman with the aim of robbing her of the takings from the shop.
Police told the court the suspect had showed them where he had dumped the clothes and shoes he had been wearing during the commission of the offence. The clothes had red stains on them, which resembled blood.
They were inside a blue shoulder bag tossed in a recycling bin in nearby Kalopanayiotis, police said.
A state pathologist found abrasions on his hands while a search found stains on the bathroom wall of his house that resemble blood.
While investigating the crime, police arrested four other men from Georgia who were the suspect’s roommates after they found fake IDs in their possession.
Police told the court all four had genuine Georgian passports but at the construction company where they work, they had presented copies of forged Lithuanian IDs.
The four named the suspect as the provider of the bogus documents.