01 February 2014 10:22

FAMAGUSTA - New evidence was submitted on Friday in the trial of a 35-year-old man accused of killing a taxi driver in a drive-by shooting in Ayia Napa.
The hearing at Famagusta District Court began with police investigator Marios Petrides submitting 15 videos captured by CCTV systems close to the crime scene which depict the shooting of Pantelis Antoniou Ropas, 66, in the centre of the town’s square on October 8, 2013.
State prosecutor Andreas Aristidou said there was no question that the green pick-up truck seen pull up beside the victim before the shooting is the vehicle registered to defendant George Andreou.
“These videos are evidence that the murder was premeditated,” said the prosecutor.
Police investigator Andreas Alexandrou also submitted shotgun shells found at the crime scene and pellets removed from the victim’s body which he said forensics had positively matched to a firearm seized from the defendant’s home.
The defence stated that it is continuing to have trouble communicating with its client and requested that he be examined by a psychologist before the next hearing on February 4.
Around a dozen eyewitnesses, some of who claim to know the Andreou personally, said they saw him shoot the victim twice with a hunting shotgun before driving away in a green pick-up truck.
Andreou’s sister was married to the victim’s son until they divorced last year while the two men reportedly had a long history of animosity between them.
The defendant continues to deny charges of premeditated murder.


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