The 42-year-old Bulgarian who sat on the bench of the Single-Member Criminal Appeal Court of Eastern Crete for the case of the robbery at the house of the hotelier and former Mayor Nikiforos Lambrinos, in Malia, in September 2022, was not convinced that he was … a victim of coincidences.
The 42-year-old, whose DNA was found on one of the cigarette butts found at the back of the family’s detached house, claimed that although he lives in Heraklion, due to his work as a food distributor, he also often traveled to Malia. Therefore he expressed the belief that somehow his cigarette butt would be transported to the place where it was found by the police.
It is recalled that the police officers who investigated the case of the robbery were led by footprints to the back of the house, where they found 14 cigarette butts, one of which contained the DNA of the 42-year-old.
In fact, because the ash was still on the cigarettes, it was estimated that the cigarette butts were “fresh” and that they were probably related to the robbery.
At the same time, from the footage from cameras in neighboring buildings, it was established that a car resembling that of the 42-year-old, a few minutes after the robbery, from a side street near the house went out onto the main road in the direction of Heraklion.
The 42-year-old Bulgarian, from the first moment of his arrest, denied his involvement in the case, for which he was remanded last June. And today before the Court he repeated his denial of anything to do with the case, without however convincing the Court which found him guilty and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.
As a result, the 42-year-old returns to prison, while the other three people who broke into the house of N. Lambrinos, tying and gagging him, his wife and daughter, have not been identified.