A Greek Cypriot army captain was condemned to seven life imprisonment terms on Monday after imploring guilty to killing five women and two children in a three-year murder spree in which he preyed on his victims online.
Making the worst peace-time atrocities against women in Cyprus in memory, The case has triggered outrage and horror on an island where grave crime is relatively rare, and forced the resignation of the justice minister and sacking of the police chief.
Nicos Metaxas, 35, implored guilty to 12 charges relating to the premeditated murder and abduction of the seven – who came from the Philippines, Romania and Nepal – between September 2016 and July 2018. The two children, aged six and eight, were daughters of two of the women.
Metaxas was taken under heavy security on Monday to a courthouse in the capital Nicosia wearing a bullet-proof vest, and appeared without a lawyer.
The sentence passed down by the Assizes (Criminal) Court is the toughest ever imposed by the Cypriot justice system.
He broke down in tears as police read the prosecution against him.
“I have committed abhorrent crimes,” he expressing condolences to the families of the victims.
Police stated the accused, a divorced father of two, met the women online. The victims were mostly employed as housekeepers on the island and disappeared between September 2016 and August 2018.
The police chief was dismissed and the justice minister resigned following accounts of bungled investigations by police who did not take the disappearances seriously because the women were foreign.
His first victim was found dead by tourists taking pictures at a mining shaft in late April, unravelling the macabre killing spree., The six-year-old child which was the last victim discovered in a lake on July 12.