Syrian confesses to murdering two Russian women in Cyprus for mocking him

By Lucie Ctverakova
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A Syrian man has confessed to murdering two Russian women, with the man saying that he shot them three times in total because he overheard them mocking him.

The murder of the two Russian women, 43-year-old Alraeesi Khaiat and 33-year-old Mariia Gazibagandova, has provoked shock on the island nation of Cyprus. Eighteen days after the crime, the 32-year-old Syrian perpetrator confessed to investigators that he killed the women, with investigators detailing how he “coldly” described the manner in which he ended their lives, according to the Philenews media outlet.

After killing the two women, wrapping them in nylon, and hiding them in a basement of a cottage in Kato Amiantos, Cyprus, he brought two Syrian workers, who he allegedly found in Limassol. They helped him dig a pit two meters deep, which he then turned into a grave.

The confession of the 32-year-old Syrian came during the interrogation in which investigators presented him with the telecommunication data that revealed his movement and the purchases he made with the credit card of his victim. After that, investigators and the perpetrator set out for the location where he buried the two women.

When describing what preceded the crime, the perpetrator said that he had returned at 7:00 a.m. on Nov. 17 from what he said was an attempt to go hunting with his firearm. He heard the two Russian women speaking his language, saying that they knew Arabic and one of them also had Syrian citizenship. The two women were making fun of him, laughing because he claimed they had taken his money. Then he claims his mind went “blurry,” and he fired from a distance of ten meters, with two shots hitting one woman in the chest. Then he killed the second woman. Afterward, he took a shovel and cleaned the blood, moving the victims to the basement.

“I wish we could have prevented this horrible crime. Unfortunately, when it was reported to us that the two Russian women had disappeared, they were already dead,” said police chief Stelios Papatheodorou, adding that the telecommunications data played a very important role in this case.

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