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Crete court hands down guilty verdicts over 2011 murder of retired policeman

Δημοσίευση 13 Νοεμβρίου 2012, 15:12 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Crete court hands down guilty verdicts over 2011 murder of retired policeman
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A court in Lasithi on Crete late on Monday night found two Syrian men, aged 19 and 25, guilty of the murder of a 98-year-old retired police officer in the prefecture of Iraklio in May 2011.

A court in Lasithi on Crete late on Monday night found two Syrian men, aged 19 and 25, guilty of the murder of a 98-year-old retired police officer in the prefecture of Iraklio in May 2011.

According to investigators the two men broke into the pensioner's home in order to rob him, tying him up and gagging him when he put up a struggle. The elderly man was later found dead of asphyxiation caused by the gag.

The court handed a life sentence to the 25-year-old Syrian national for committing homicide with intent, as well as giving him an additional 15-year sentence on the robbery charges.

The 19-year-old was let off more lightly due to his age with a 20-year sentence and an additional two months' confinement for illegal possession of a firearm.

Meanwhile, the court also handed a 14.5 year sentence to a 49-year-old Iraklio resident for complicity in the murder of the retired policeman and on charges of running a criminal organization, while a second Iraklio man who drove the getaway car from the scene of the crime was found guilty on firearms possession charges and handed an eight-month suspended sentence.

A third Syrian national, aged 33, was also found guilty of complicity in the robbery and was given a 15-year jail sentence.

Source: ekathimerini.com