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Hit-and-run suspect in Paphos road death being sent to trial

Paphos District Court

The 44-year-old, who was detained for six days in connection with a hit-and-run in which a 60-year-old woman died has been referred by the Paphos court for trial on February 3.

In statements to media, the spokesperson for Paphos police Michalis Nikolaou said the attorney-general’s office deemed there was a criminal case to be answered by the suspect.

The 44-year-old appeared before the court on Monday and was referred to trial.

He will remain in custody until December 30 when the court will decide whether he will be released pending trial or whether he will remain in custody until then.

Police are still seeking the driver of another car, which first hit the woman as she was crossing the road. That driver also fled the scene.

Androulla Papachristoforou, 60, died in Paphos hospital a week ago when she was rushed there by ambulance after being hit. The driver fled the scene leaving her dazed in the road when she was hit by the second car driven by the suspect in custody.

He is now facing charges of manslaughter, causing death by dangerous and reckless action and abandoning the scene of an accident.

He denies the charges and says he was not driving the vehicle involved in the collision on the night of the accident.

As relatives grieved the woman’s death last week, a relative broke into her house in Kato Paphos and stole a number of items. He has also been arrested.

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