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Court hears double murder suspect meant to kill couple

Main suspect Loizos Tzionis (back) (Christos Theodorides)

The main suspect in a double murder case had planned to kill the victims and not rob them, a police investigator told the Nicosia criminal court on Wednesday.

CID sergeant Savvas Samoutis said Loizos Tzionis, 33, broke into the house in Nicosia to kill Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59.

The couple were stabbed to death in their Strovolos home last April in what appeared to be a botched robbery.

Loizos Tzionis, 33, along with three other defendants, his 22-year-old friend Marios Hadjixenophontos, girlfriend Sarah Shams, 21, and his 23-year-old half-brother, Lefteris Solomou, have been charged with killing the couple.

Samoutis told the court Tzionis had told his co-defendants that he would kill the couple if necessary and that was the reason he had to take a knife and a Samurai sword with him.

The officer suggested that thieves hit homes when the owners are out and not while they were in. The fact that Tzionis did not bother covering his face was further proof he was planning to kill the couple, the court heard.

He would have also abandoned the house after he was told that a safe, which was his alleged target, did not exist, Samoutis said.

Samoutis said Tzionis had not even asked the couple about the safe’s location, suggesting they were executed in cold blood.

Tzionis’ defence rejected the sergeant’s claims. He said the defendants had expected the couple not to shout and had planned to tie them with the cable ties they took with them.

He claimed Tzionis was under the influence of drugs and had panicked when he was noticed by the victims. If his plan was to kill them, he would not have taken the cable ties and ski mask with him, the defence said.

The case adjourned for Friday.

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