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Suspect in double murder seeks changes to charge sheet

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

The Nicosia criminal court will decide on Friday on a defence motion to annul the charges faced by a woman in the trial of the double murder that took place in Nicosia last April.

Sarah Shams, 21, the girlfriend of the main suspect in the case – Loizos Tzionis – claims the charge sheet is defective and suffers from multiplicity – more than one charges for the same offence.

Tzionis, 33, Shams, his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23, and 22-year-old friend Marios Hadjixenophontos, have been charged with two counts of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit felony, burglary, robbery and abduction.

Premeditated murder carries an automatic life sentence.

Prosecutor Polina Efthivoulou argued on Wednesday that nothing was wrong with the charge sheet and each charge alleged a single offence.

Efthivolou suggested that her colleague, Sotiris Argyrou, had confused “I wouldn’t say deliberately” substantive offences with procedural aspects.

The suspects are accused of killing Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59, in what appeared to be a botched robbery on the night of April 18-19.

The couple were found in their bedroom stabbed multiple times.

All four had admitted their involvement in the crime, according to police, with Tzionis being the mastermind and the person who killed the couple.

The couple’s son, 15, was inside the house at the time but the perpetrators didn’t hurt him. Their target appeared to be a safe the 33-year-old had spotted in 2012 while doing some work at the house on Zalongou Street in the suburb of Strovolos.

The perpetrators got away with nothing as the safe Tzionis had anticipated finding had been removed.

Tzionis initially admitted all charges except that of burglary but later changed his plea.

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