Overturning the decision of the Mixed Court of Appeal of Western Crete on the brutal murder of Efi Tsichlakis seven years ago in Kolymbari, may be brought by the appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court against the sentence imposed on her husband – convicted of murdering the unfortunate woman – and against the recognition of mitigating factors.
The development in the highly acclaimed case, announced the lawyer and cousin of the victims, Mr. Emmanuel Athanasiou. In a post on social media, he notes that “the recognition of a mitigating factor without thorough reasoning to the convicted for the brutal murder of Efi Tsichlakis, while he never admitted the crime, while at the same time attempting to obscure the circumstances of its commission, constitutes for the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court of the country , reason for appeal”.
On May 24, 2022, the death of 47-year-old Efi Tsichlakis, it went down in history as yet another femicide. Her 55-year-old husband, who at trial court had found him not guilty and the death of the unfortunate woman was attributed to suicide, was then judged by the Mixed Jury of Appeal of Western Crete, guilty by a majority, by a vote of five to two, of premeditated homicide in a calm state of mind. After a long hearing, the court concluded that the defendant allegedly strangled and shot the unfortunate woman, then staged her suicide.
The Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Western Crete admitted to the defendant the mitigating factor of subsequent good behavior, imposing upon him eight years imprisonment, from which the 17 months of his detention will be deducted. Entitled to restore the truth and vindicate the memory of Efi Tsichlakis, her relatives then appeared, but not for the sentence imposed on the accused.
Her cousin Emmanuel Athanasiou said excitedly. “The case of our beloved Efi reaches the Areio Pagos after so many years, so many threats against the family and me personally (mafia-type notes) and while the brutal crime was covered up and presented as a suicide and her case was forgotten. We gave a titanic fight for this wonderful woman, a rare creature who literally went, as we say in Greece, “like a dog on a vine”, noted Mr. Athanasiou, among others.
About a year ago, when the Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Western Crete found the husband of Efi Tsichlakis guilty of the homicide against her, the civil action advocate Mr. Cleo Papapantoleon had pointed out that “the decision is not only justice for the deceased and her family after so many years, but also a reparation, a remedy of the first-instance judgment by which the accused had been acquitted’.
THE appeal filed two days ago the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court is expected to be examined in the coming months by the supreme court and if accepted, it will be heard in Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Western Crete with regard to the recognition of mitigating circumstances to the accused.
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