Five consecutive life sentences, plus two concurrent for serial killer (Updated)

The Nicosia criminal court on Monday sentenced Cyprus’ first recorded serial killer to seven life sentences, five consecutive and two concurrent, bringing to an end the drawn-out efforts of the police to deliver justice for his seven victims.

Reading the court decision to the fully packed room, judge Charis Poyiatzis said that 35-year-old Nicos Metaxas “was consumed in a murder campaign”, and characterised the defendant’s actions as “abominable”.

The court imposed five consecutive life sentences for the premeditated murder of five women and two concurrent life sentences for the murder of two girls aged 6 and 8, daughters of two of the victims.

The sentences for the murders of the underage girls were concurrent as they were committed at the same time as the murder of their mothers.

Earlier in the day, Metaxas

Mitigating factors, such as the defendant having no prior convictions, his role as an army officer, his role as a separated father of two children aged 6 and 9, and his apology earlier in the hearing, could not be taken into consideration, the court said, as it could not offer leniency for cases of premeditated murder.

The court highlighted that Metaxas “did not hesitate to murder five foreign women who came to Cyprus looking for work, as well as two children, in an inhumane way, depriving them of the most valuable commodity, of life.”

The court also said it was obliged to consider the totality principle, whereby a judge who is sentencing an offender for a number of offences to ensure that the aggregation of the sentences appropriate for each offence is a just and appropriate measure of the total criminality involved.

The court’s judgement of Metaxas’ actions as a “murder campaign against defenceless women” fully justified the imposed sentences, it said.

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