News Local Court hears Tzionis' statement 'confessing' to double murder

Court hears Tzionis’ statement ‘confessing’ to double murder

In a voluntary statement to police after his arrest Loizos Tzionis had confessed to the brutal murder of a teacher and his wife in Strovolos last April, a police witness told the Nicosia Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The statement was read to the court by prosecution witness and one of the police investigators in the murder, police sergeant Savvas Siamoutis.

Tzionis is charged with murdering Dina Sergiou and Yiorgos Hadjigeorghiou, who were found stabbed in their Strovolos home last April in what police believe was a botched robbery.

He and three other defendants have all pleaded not guilty.

In his statement, Tzionis said that he had gone to the house with Marios Hadjixenophontos, another defendant in the case, in order to steal a safe he knew was in the house and which he believed contained cash and jewellery.

When Tzionis had gone to the house of the slain couple to place mosquito nets in the windows some time before the murder, Hadjigeorgiou has asked him to place screws in the safe which was in a wardrobe upstairs.

Tzionis said he had planned the robbery with Hadjixenophontos in order to pay off their debts of  €6000.

On the night of the murder on April 18, Tzionis, Hadjixenophontos, and the two other defendants Lefteris Solomou and Sara Siance met at his grandfather’s house to plan the robbery. He said he had drawn a plan of where the safe was in the house and that all four had then snorted cocaine.

He went to the house with Hadjixenophontos, taking a samurai sword and a knife with him. He entered then house and Hadjixenophontos remained outside.

According to the statement read out in court, Tzionis then said he started getting nervous as the cocaine started to wear off  and was surprised to see that the safe was no longer where he had last seen it.

He then heard a woman’s voice, entered the bedroom where he saw a woman lying on the bed. She got up and he tried to cover her mouth to stop her from screaming, she pushed and then he remembered the knife he was carrying. “The first contact was as if she had come to the knife and then she fell on the bed.”

The defendant then heard a man’s voice. Hadjigeorgiou then came into the room and headed towards Tzionis and grabbed him by the throat and he stabbed him in  self defence.

Tzionis then went to the bedroom of the couple’s teenage son who begged him not to kill him. Tzionis told him he would not hurt him because he had a son of the same age. He then locked the boy in a storeroom.

The trial continues on February 6.

Read more

https://in-cyprus.com/criminal-court-officials-defendants-visit-strovolos-murder-crime-scene-picturesvideo/

Top Stories

Higher fines for traffic offences move step closer

    Higher fines for traffic offences, long sought by police to reduce the number of road accidents, came a step closer today after the House...

64.8% of hospitalised Covid patients were male – weekly report

The Thursday report of the Health Ministry's Epidemiological Surveillance Unit has found that as of May 26 64.8% of all hospitalised Covid-19 patients (114...

Two more test positive to Covid-19, both through tracing

There were two new Covid-19 cases in Cyprus the Health Ministry said, both found through tracing the contacts of confirmed cases (60 tests today),...

Burial in Turkish-held north of enclaved G/C permitted 20 days after death

  Turkish Cypriot authorities yesterday finally allowed the remains of an enclaved Greek Cypriot from the Turkish-occupied village of Ayia Triada who died 20 days...

Additional relaxations in new Health Ministry decree

  Pleasure boats and sea sports are back, under conditions, following a decree issued on Thursday by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, CNA reports. The new decree...

Taste

Local cuisine: An introduction

Rich in fresh ingredients and tasty herbs, offers the very best of Mediterranean culinary delights. Head out to a tavern and feast on a...

Spiced lamb with beetroot salad and scented yoghurt

Lay the lamb on a tray, skin side down. Rub with crushed garlic, sprinkle with spices and ground pistachios, wrap in plastic wrap and...

Easy seafood pasta with white wine sauce

Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream 1/3 cup white wine 300g spaghetti, roughly broken 300-400g of...

Traditional salads that will blow your mind away

This traditional salads will make you actually love salads! Cyprus may be famous for souvla and kleftiko but if you try the traditional salads with...