A man, 40 and his wife, 42, will be prosecuted for manslaughter in connection with the murder of Lyubisha Ristoski, 36, who was found dead last Sunday in the couple’s apartment in Yermasoyia, Limassol.
Two other suspects, a man 35, and a woman, 31, who had been arrested in connection with the same case were released. The Law Office gave instructions to the Limassol CID to release them as there was no satisfactory evidence against them.
Instructions were given for the prosecution of the 40-year-old and 42-year-old for manslaughter and not premeditated murder.
Investigators are waiting for the results of the histopathology tests for the victim since the post mortem, which showed a small skull fracture and bruises to the face and hands, did not provide answers about the causes of death.
All four people had been remanded on Monday for eight days after Ristoski, from Bulgaria who was a permanent resident of Cyprus, was found dead in the couple’s apartment in Yermasoyia last Sunday.
Ristoski had gone that day to the couple’s apartment, along with the 35-year-old and 31-year-old. Police told court earlier this week that they had used hard drugs and a row broke out between the victim and the 31-year-old.
The victim allegedly threatened the 31-year-old with a kitchen knife and punched her, prompting the 40-year-old man to intervene and try to disarm Ristoski. In the fight that followed, Ristoski stabbed the 40-year-old but the latter was able to immobilise Ristoski with the weight of his body, and with the help of his wife. She told police that she grabbed a metal object and started hitting Ristoski on the hands to release the knife, with which he was threatening her husband.
The 35-year-old and the 31-year-old left the scene on foot, while the wife called the police. When officers arrived, they found Ristoski dead.