Police Close To Solving Paphos Mother-Daughter Murders
Police have gathered enough evidence for a prosecution in the premeditated murders of Julia Oborok and her daughter Victoria, and have been assisted by a witness from Moldova.
"The message I want to send is that this brutal crime is moving towards being fully solved," said Papageorgiou.
Three more people - including the main suspect's mother - have been arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence in the double murder.
The victim's 29-year-old hairdresser boyfriend was arrested shortly after her murder on December 12th. His mother, aunt and a 16-year-old employee at their hairdressing salon were arrested a few days afterwards.
The funerals of Julia and her daughter were held at St. Anargiri in Paphos, and Victoria's father is on the island after making the trip from Crete. He and Julia were divorced but had good relations, according to reports.
Julia Oborok was found near a Geroskipou beach at 2.30pm on December 12th with gunshot wounds to her chest and abdomen, and her toddler Victoria Pozidou was found floating in the sea a short distance away from her mother's rental car.
Her 29-year-old boyfriend was remanded for eight days and was known to have physically abused the victim before her death, one time breaking a chair over her head, said police.
The murdered woman was four months pregnant.
Police spokesman Michalis Katsounodos said the crime was heinous and horrible and that police suspect pathological jealousy was behind the murders. Authorities are making every effort to gather evidence and solve the case, he said. Dive teams looking for evidence scoured the sea where the child was found, searching for the gun that was used to kill Oborok. The gun is still missing, according to the latest information.
The 29-year-old man denies any involvement and has made allegations which are being investigated, said police.
An autopsy showed that the child died of asphyxiation from strangulation, while her mother died of gunshot wounds.
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