A 21 year old man will stand trial in Larnaca Criminal Court on April 8 for killing of Yiorgos Mavrommatis, 76 on January 27.
The Larnaca District Court today ordered the man be transferred to Nicosia Central prison until the trial, as his eight day remand expired.
He faces manslaughter, arson and robbery charges.
According to police, the 21 year old has voluntarily confessed to the crimes.
He appears to have told an investigating officer that he broke into the victim’s house at 5.30 am on January 27 and entered the bedroom. The 76 year old had woken up. According to the investigating officer, the 21 year old told police that he had then lost his temper, thrown the elderly man out of his bed and trampled on his chest until he was dead.
He then stole €50, set the house on fire in order to destroy any evidence linking him to the crime and left the house.
Minutes later, he pushed a 96 year old woman to the ground as she was walking home and stole her bag which contained €35.
Based on testimony, he was arrested for the latter offence and during questioning confessed to both the robbery and the murder.
Mavrommatis’ burned body had been found by fire fighters who responded to the fire at the Larnaca house after being alerted by neighbours.
Tests and a post-mortem showed that he had died before the fire. It also showed blows to the body.
The police investigator said the suspect was known to police as he had been recently questioned in connection with a spate of burglaries.