15 January 2014 13:10

It was a record year in 2013 for solving murder cases with nine out of 11 murders occurring solved, police statistics show.
The 11 murders last year compare to 19 in 2012 - with four murders occurring in Nicosia, two in Limassol, four in Larnaca and one in the Famagusta district.
On New Year's Eve 2013, 34-year-old Yiannakis Christodoulou lost his life when he was stabbed in the Monovolikos area in Limassol.
The Assizes court sentenced 38-year-old Yiannakis Evangelou from Limassol, who was found guilty, to seven years behind bars.
The defendant who had a relationship with the victim's 30-year-old estranged wife admitted to stabbing Christodoulou after an argument and a scuffle when they had met to talk.
Bangladeshi national Arshaduzzaman MD was found dead and beheaded in a travel bag on January 28, 2013. The travel bag was found in the victim's car boot at a parking place on Aeshylou Street in old Nicosia.
The victim's cohabitant also from Bangladesh was arrested in connection with the case. It appears the two had argued on a minor issue.
Twenty-six-year-old Stefanos Vasiliades was murdered between March 7 and 8 outside a garage in the Anayia region of Nicosia. It is believed he was shot in the head with a hunting rifle.
The case appeared to be linked with a drug trafficking ring and it is still unsolved.
Seventy-seven-year-old George Stavrou was stabbed 35 times at his butcher's shop in the Nicosia suburb of Aglantzia on June 18, 2013.
According to the Police, around 5.50am, Stavrou was found stabbed and bleeding in his butcher shop's fridge. The case is still unsolved.
 On January 17, 2013 Filippos Christodoulou shot his 42-year-old housemaid to death with a hunting rifle and committed suicide after that.
The victim had been employed by the 72-year-old a few days earlier and the reasons that led to the crime were never found.
The Larnaca Assizes Court sentenced a 57-year-old Romanian to eight years in prison for the murder of  his compatriot Mirela Dunca, 56, on September 9, 2013.
The defendant pleaded guilty to killing the Romanian woman with an adze while he was drunk. Dunca was in Cyprus since 2006 and shortly before her murder she lived in an abandoned house in Larnaca.
 Forty-two-year-old Radu Daniel from Romania lost his life between August 8 and 9 after a row with a compatriot in the Latsia Nicosia region.
A post mortem showed that it was manslaughter since his death was caused by serious head injuries. A 31-year-old Romanian was arrested in connection with the crime and it is believed he had hit the victim in the face, before he fell on the pavement suffering injuries. Stelios Mavroloukas, 32, from Vrysoules was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the murder of Angelos Fedonos, 46, from Latsia that occurred on July 31.  The victim was found dead in the abandoned hotel Beau Rivage in Larnaca with head injuries caused by a wooden tool handle. Mavroloukas pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter arguing that the victim had threatened to reveal a previous meeting of the two with his family.
In Limassol, on September 13, Pantelis Charilaou, 32, shot his estranged wife Georgia Georgiou, 27, to death with an army-issue G3 rifle. He also wounded their 10-year-old girl and committed suicide in front of their three children.
The murder of sixty-six-year-old taxi driver Pantelis Antoniou Ropa from Sotira occurred at around 12.45am on October 8, when the victim was playing backgammon with a colleague in a parking area on Nisi Avenue in Ayia Napa.
The victim's colleague recognised the alleged suspect George Andreou, 35, also a taxi driver who is in custody and has not pleaded guilty.
Thrity-three-year-old Prodromos Hadjipanayi on March 23, shot Panicos Stavrou, 54, and wounded his son George then shot and wounded the owners of the Kofinou community grocery Adamos and Panayiotis Lambrou, 47 and 37 respectively and also Katia Charalambous 37.
Hadjipanayi was sentenced to 25 years in prison on September 12 and the cause of the killing spree was the removal of a Turkish Cypriot property from the defendant's family.


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