LARNACA -- The trial of a 33-year-old Georgian man accused of the 2012 murder of his estranged wife Christina Kalaitzidou in Famagusta continued Monday with testimony heard from another witness who spoke of the couple’s strained relationship.
Taking the stand before the Larnaca Assizes, witness Christina Theodoulou said her colleague Kalaitzidou would frequently come into the hotel they both worked at in Protaras with bruises on her arms.
She said her husband George Kyriakides had a reputation as a drunk and would try to get money from Christina to buy alcohol as he was always out of work.
“He was not interested in home life and was always under the influence of alcohol.”
The witness said that according to Kalaitzidou, Kyriakides on one occasion assaulted her and knocked her to the ground.
“He would also frequently threaten to kill himself if he did not get his own way.”
Kalaitzidou was found dead on her bed home on March 16, 2012.by firemen and police officers who were notified by neighbours after a fire broke out at her flat in Dherynia.
State pathologist Eleni Antoniou, who carried out the post mortem at the time, said initially there were no signs of foul play at the scene and concluded that the victim most likely died of smoke inhalation.
However, a new inquiry launched earlier this year in Greece after the victim’s parent’s questioned whether their daughter’s death was an accident, showed that there were no traces of smoke in the victim’s lungs leading to the conclusion that her death was due to asphyxiation via strangulation.