The mastermind behind the double murder and botched robbery of a couple in Strovolos last April, Loizos Tzionis, saw the murder as the “will of God”, the Nicosia criminal court heard on Tuesday.
According to the testimony of policeman Michail Angelos Arnaout, who read a deposition and notes written by a second defendant in the case, Tzionis’ half-brother Lefteris Solomou, the murder was committed by Tzionis, who had been planning the robbery for years and had pressured his half-brother to participate, which Solomou repeatedly refused.
After the crime, Arnaout said reading from Solomou’s writing, Tzionis told Solomou that he had murdered victims Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59, claiming that “it’s easier to kill than you’d think”, and that the murder was “the will of God.”
Solomou added that Tzionis had said the police are “idiots”, who would never identify him as the killer as they would believe that it was the couple’s 15-year-old son who committed the double murder.
Solomou characterised his half-brother as “sick”, asserting that he must pay for the crime committed.
Arnaout told the court that he had been on duty on the night of the murder and had gone to the scene of crime where he found the 15-year-old boy who was “numb, frozen, and lost,” and had described to the authorities the knife that was used as a murder weapon.
In addition to Tzionis and Solomou, Marios Xenophontos,22, and Sarah Shams, 21, had also been charged with the killing.
Last month, Shams, Tzionis’ former girlfriend, was sentenced to four years in jail on a single charge of conspiracy to commit robbery after she agreed to plead guilty to the charge and to cooperate with the state in prosecuting the three other defendants.
The three face two counts of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit felony, burglary, robbery and abduction.
Premeditated murder carries an automatic life sentence.