A post mortem conducted at the Famagusta State Hospital on the recently murdered Nigerian student has confirmed that he died of a cerebral haemorrhage caused by severe blows to the head.
Student of Eastern Mediterranean University Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, (28), was reportedly abducted from the centre of Famagusta by a group of eight locals and murdered by the group on January 31, police officials say.
His body was discovered near a pond outside the city and it appeared that he had died after suffering a severe beating. The post mortem report confirmed that he received several blows to various parts of his body, suffered from severe lung injuries and eventually died after his head was crushed with a stone.
Three suspects allegedly involved in the murder were detained by police on Friday.
Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kıbrıs Postası’, reported that three more suspects were captured later in the day. The suspects include men and women whose ages range between 16 and 28.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old suspect admitted that she was around the scene of the incident but denied she was with the other suspects. Her father has reportedly refused to hire a lawyer for his daughter, saying she should be held accountable for her actions.
According to Kıbrıs Postası, Dede was struggling with financial difficulties and had failed a number of his classes because he had been absent. He eventually began dealing in drugs, the newspaper reported that he was killed for failing to pay off his suppliers. He was allegedly kidnapped previously after failing to pay a 600 Turkish Lira debt.
Officials say while he was still being pursued for debts he was sending some of the money he made from drug dealing to his family in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, a number of university students staged a protest after news of Kennedy Dede’s murder emerged, demanding justice. The Eastern Mediterranean University administration also issued a statement expressing its deep regret over the killing.
Hurriyet, Kibris Postasi