The co-chairman of the bi-communal committee on crime and criminal matters Hakki Onen, has dismissed speculation that the murder of Vietnamese national Dam Thi Hop (40), whose badly decomposed body was discovered near Ercan airport in January, was linked to the Greek Cypriot serial killer Nicos Metaxas.
Metaxas gave a ten-page handwritten statement confessing to the murder of five women (with no mention of Dam Thi Hop) and two children.
Onen said that there had been no official information on this and the murders had been committed using different methods. This undermined speculation that Metaxas was also responsible for Hop’s murder.
Omen said that despite evidence that Metaxas had crossed the border into North Cyprus, there was no evidence to support speculation that he was responsible for the death of Dam Thi Hop.
He added: “The ways in which these crimes were committed are very different from each other. While in the murder of the Vietnamese woman committed in the north reference was made to ‘many stab wounds’, it is said the method of ‘killing by strangulation’ was used in the serial killings in the south. However, serial killers use the same method”.