LARNACA - Two Romanians were arrested yesterday after a 56-year-old female compatriot was killed with an axe in the centre of Larnaca, police said.
The woman’s body was found in a building close to the town’s St Lazarus church.
Victim Mirela Dunca had been living in an abandoned house in the area and not in the flat where she was found murdered.
Larnaca police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said that at 11.50am yesterday police found the woman dead on a bed with various injuries all over her body on the first floor of the building.
Following police enquiries, a 57-year-old Romanian who lives in the flat where the body was found and his 46-year old Romanian neighbour were arrested as suspects.
They were taken to Larnaca police station but police said their statements were “not credible”.
The two are expected to appear in court today.
State pathologists Sophocles Sophocleous and Nicolas Charalambous carried out initial forensic tests at the scene.
They said the evidence points to a criminal act.
At the scene of the crime various objects including an axe were found.
Neighbours told journalists that around 3am on yesterday morning they saw two Romanians dragging Mirela from the old house she lived in to the flat, which is 50 metres away.
Neighbours said there was an argument after the woman refused to give the name and address of another Romanian woman who had a key to the flat.