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Man found shot dead in car
TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Stefanos Vasiliades was found dead in a car yesterday, with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.
According to reports the car, a Mitsubishi Pajero, was found, parked outside a mechanic’s garage on the road between Nicosia and Palechori near the village of Anayia.
A police spokesman said that police received a call from an employee of the garage that he had found a car parked outside the garage at 8.30am, with a man inside, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
The weapon used to shoot the young man was a hunting rifle according to a post-mortem carried out at the scene by state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous.
“He died instantly after being shot,” Charalambous said.
Police said the car is registered to a 45-year-old man from Larnaca but after being questioned, he told police he had sold it three years ago.
A police spokesman said the young man had been arrested before in cases involving the illegal possession of explosives and illegal poaching but he had not been charged with anything.
“Because investigations have not been concluded, we cannot say yet what the motives for the murder are,” police chief, Michalis Papageorgiou said. “We have approached some people in the hope that we can find out more information,” he added.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides told the Cyprus Mail that police had questioned a number of people yesterday in relation to the incident and that investigations were continuing.