Police are waiting for a Greek forensic expert’s findings after the only suspect in a Ukrainian woman’s death in Paphos appointed a Cypriot expert for defense autopsy and he has disputed the one carried out by the state.
Premeditated murder is suspected in Saturday’s death of 28-year-old Lesia Bykova from Ukraine after an initial post mortem led to the arrest of her Pontian Greek boyfriend who lives permanently in the coastal city.
The initial post mortem report said Bykova’s death was “caused by multiple trauma” with the two state pathologists also including in their findings that they had seen signs of sexual molestation and neck injuries inconsistent with a fall.
However, the 30-year-old suspect insists he is innocent and that Bykova’s death was an accident after she tried to take a selfie at the picturesque cliff area of Petra tou Romiou in Paphos.
The suspect had further asked for a second forensic opinion carried out by private coroner Marios Matsakis who has disputed the initial findings.
At the same time, prosecutors initially objected to the second autopsy request arguing before a Paphos district judge that a defense autopsy could not be ordered during a remand hearing.
The chief prosecutor’s office appealed the decision but later it was announced that a second post mortem would take place under the supervision of Greek expert Chara Spiliotopoulou.
Spiliotopoulou has been called by the Legal Department to lead the procedure.