Cyprus Mail

DNA identifies man who torched schoolroom 15 years ago

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Members of the YKAN drug squad conducted a search today, pursuant to a court warrant, at the home of the 18-year-old, during which a quantity of cannabis, totalling about 130 grams, was located and seized.

A 35-year-old man has recently been identified through DNA as a suspect in a 2007 arson of a school class in Limassol, police spokesman Marinos Vassiliou told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.

Police issued an arrest warrant against the man on Tuesday, on suspicion of setting fire at the secretary’s office at the Ayios Nicolaos high school when he was a student there, 15 years ago.

The fire caused extensive damage to the room, amounting to about €6,500, Vassiliou said.

However, police had no lead in their investigations, until a few days ago, when DNA material that was found at the scene matched with the 35-year-old’s.


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