New twist in the judicial course of the much-lauded murder case of the 43-year-old Romanian Aciu Flopjca – Aurica of Vasile in 2014, mother of three children, in 2014 in Kos.
The 54-year-old Albanian citizen Zoto Jani of Aleksander was accused of the murder, who from the first moment had denied his involvement in the heinous crime.
As revealed today by “Democratic” in July he was arrested in Germany the Pakistani who, as it emerged from a palm print, was the perpetrator of the murder. He was arrested for shoplifting and after an investigation the fingerprint was identified, while the interrogator allegedly he confessed that he had killed the unfortunate mother.
In April 2023, “Dimokratiki” had revealed that the non-involvement of the 54-year-old had resulted from other evidence, which was also confirmed by his lawyer, Mr. Gianna Panagopoulou.
The accused has already been released with the restrictive conditions of the ban on leaving the country and his appearance once a month at the police station of his place of residence, by a unanimous decision of the Mixed Court of Appeal of the Dodecanese, following a similar recommendation by the Prosecutor of the seat and in satisfaction of a request for suspension of his sentence.
As “Demokratiki” revealed, the 54-year-old was sentenced in June 2015 to life imprisonmenta prison sentence of 3 years and 5 months and a fine of 1,000 euros and only recently new evidence emerged that he did not commit the murder for which he was accused and stigmatized.
More specifically, Deputy Constable Mr. Michalis Spanakis, Head of the Criminal Investigations Office of the Dodecanese Police Division 2, competently initiated the Security Directorate of Kos and from there, data from the identification of fingerprints (fingerprinting) obtained were forwarded to the Criminal Prosecutor’s Office of Kos from the bathroom where the victim was found dead from stab wounds.
It specifically emerged that fingerprints taken from the bathroom tiles, next to the lifeless body of the 43-year-old, belong with absolute certainty to a Pakistani, who lived with his countrymen in an apartment on the first floor of the apartment building, where the crime was committed.
In the previous trial before the Mixed Court of Appeal of the Dodecanese, which was adjourned due to insufficient evidence, the police officer had additionally testified that the specific crime could not have been committed by the accused within 6 minutes, namely from 01:38 when he left his job at a bakery and at 01.44 when he called to inform the authorities about the crime.
The Court had ordered to examine the footage from the cameras of the pastry shop where the accused worked to the scene of the crime and further to declassify the phone calls made on mobile phones.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (7th Digital Evidence Examination Department) duly submitted a laboratory expert report, confirming the allegations of the accused and it appears that he was calling his partner and that he is not justified in having committed the crime at the time it was allegedly committed, as he was in his work.
The timeline of the case
On April 14, 2014 at around 1:54 p.m., the Kos Security Department was notified by the Kos Police Department that a woman had been found dead in the Platani area.
The police went to the scene around 2:00 p.m., where the 54-year-old was waiting for them, who, shaking, was shouting: “They slaughtered her, guys, I can’t believe it, who did it guys?”.
The 54-year-old led the police to his home, where the 43-year-old’s body was found in the bathroom. The corpse was in a supine position, was naked from the waist down and her underwear was pulled down to the knees and bore a transverse incision about eight to ten centimeters long in the vulva region, a cutting instrument wound in the carotid region and a incision on the outer side of the left breast.
Officers found that there were no signs of tampering on the apartment door, nor on the living room patio door, and that the house key was on the outside of the door, which was open.
The 54-year-old claimed that he opened the apartment door with his keys, as well as the balcony door, which was closed but not locked. He claimed to have opened the balcony door, calling for help from the neighbours.
The 54-year-old, who was previously in a confectionery-preparatory, in which he works, a short distance from the scene of the crime, presented an alibi. His employer confirmed that he was at work, while the same emerged from the search of the store’s security cameras, as well as the examination of employees.
His defense attorneys insisted on the fact that the investigations carried out showed that he was at work at the time the crime was committed, while they further argued that the killer is at large and the DNA tests did not reveal any evidence against him, while genetic material from an unknown man was found on the victim’s fingernail, right hand and pants.
A bread knife, 31 cm long, was found in the kitchen area, which was placed in a glass with other washed cutlery and which, as it was found, had dried blood around the point where the blade joins the handle, as well as skin tissue on his teeth.
According to neighbors’ statements, they heard voices (in Romanian…) and a call for help from the particular apartment around one in the afternoon and a few minutes later (around half past one), her partner appeared shocked and trembling, saying that he found her murdered .