News Local Double murder: Relatives in tears as evidence submitted

Double murder: Relatives in tears as evidence submitted

There were emotional scenes at the Nicosia Criminal Court on Friday when the prosecution submitted evidence as the trial in a brutal double murder that shocked Cyprus got underway.

Dina Sergiou and Yiorgos Hadjigeorghiou were found stabbed to death in their Strovolos home last April in what police believe was a botched robbery.

Relatives of the tragic couple cried when the prosecution submitted Sergiou’s blood spattered nightdress.

Loizos Tzionis, Lefteris Solomou, Sara Siance and Marios Hadjixenophontos face charges that include premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery and illegal possession of weapons.

Tzionis, 33, initially pleaded guilty to the murder charge but changed his plea on November 5, and now denies any involvement in the case.

The other three defendants, have also pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The victims were found stabbed to death in a pool of blood. Their teenage son who had been locked in a cupboard managed to free himself and seek help from the neighbours.

Throughout Friday’s four-hour proceedings, the four accused kept their eyes on the ground.

The submission of evidence will continue on Wednesday. Some of the evidence submitted includes a bed sheet, samples of a red substance on the bed sheet and on the floor of the bedroom,  a Samurai sword taken from the balcony, a club taken from downstairs, black shoes found in a field close to the house, samples from the victims’ nails, Dina Sergiou’s clothes in four large envelopes (which the defence argued should not be opened but the prosecution disagreed), blood spattered clothes of Yiorgos Hadjigeorgiou, a yellow rucksack containing white leather shoes, glasses and a torch and a mobile phone from the suspects’ car.

Tzionis’ lawyer plans to object to the evidence taken from the suspects’ car. He also objected to the submission of a black notebook found in the car and asked for an on the spot visit of the scene of the crime.

Earlier, the judge presented to the court the accepted facts in the case. The prosecution is expected to call about 60 witnesses.

The court also rejected an application by the lawyer of Siance to amend the charges against her because, as he argued, the charge sheet had errors.

Read more


Top Stories

Bottled water withdrawn from Cyprus market

The Health Ministry is informing consumers that within the framework of the officials tests conducted in the market, the Ministry’s health services have tested...

President: Attack against Macron insults European values

In a written statement, President Anastasiades said that this attack, against the French President from the leader of a country which is candidate for...

Finance Minister: No lockdown forseen in 2021 state budget

Minister of Finance Constantinos Petrides called on MPs to approve the 2021 state budget given the critical moments facing Cyprus due to the coronavirus...

Mitsotakis-Anastasiades have working lunch

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday had a working lunch with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. According to government sources, during the lunch they discussed Turkey's...

Dendias-Lavrov: Greece has right to extend its territorial waters to 12 n.m.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday agreed it was Greece's ιnalienable right to extend its territorial...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...