Paphos District Court will decide on Monday whether to refer the two suspects in the murder of Aliki Christoforou, 78, for immediate trial.
Appearing before the court on Friday, Evripides Christoforou, 83, and 77-year-old Georgia Christoforou – the victim’s husband and sister – requested that they be released from custody until a trial date is set. The request was turned down by the judge.
Christoforou was found dead outside her home in Kritou Terra village in the Paphos district on Wednesday 24 last month.
The autopsy conducted by State Paphologist Sophocles Sophocleous concluded that Christoforou died from a blow to the forehead, caused by a blunt instrument, which police have yet to locate.
The suspects were arrested after giving wildly contradictory statements to the police regarding the death and failing to give a reasonable explanation over recent facial injuries they had just received.