Eight-and-a-half years after the murder of 46-year-old Nikos Mentzos, his relative will sit in the dock of the Messolonghi Circuit Court. The charge she faces is homicide by intent in a calm mental state.
The trial is set for Monday 2 of December.
At first, prosecutors and investigators disagreed over the prosecution. The Agrinio Council of Criminals, however, favored the prosecutor, sending the unfortunate teacher’s relative to the courtroom.
Earlier, the teacher’s girlfriend and her brother had been released, with the victim allegedly maintaining special relationships, as no incriminating evidence was found against them.
The person accused of his murder had spoken to the “Tunnel” and to Angeliki Nikolouli without seeking publicity. Outsourced to all media, it had banned any reference to her personal information.
Through its investigation of the case, Tunnel has been aware of developments for some time. But he waited for the trial to be determined, as only the Justice has jurisdiction to determine whether the accused is innocent or guilty.
It was Thursday 21st of April 2011, around 11am when thick black smoke covered the Rupakia Agrinio area. A car had been burning in a field. When the fire went out, it was revealed that the driver and father of a child, Nikos Mentzos, were literally incinerated.
All that was found was some tissues from his body, after which his bones had melted from the fiery hell. Police initially spoke of a suicide or an accident, but later it emerged that his death was the result of criminal activity after the unfortunate man was tied up with a rope in his seat.
From the first moment, Mentzo’s relatives insisted it was a crime that was perfectly organized, leaving the perpetrators on the trail.