People from all over Greece were communicating with “Tunnel” to express their support but also to give any information they believed could help the authorities to locate James Klod Lesi.
Important testimonies that reached at the first for 2016 “Tunnel” just before midnight, led to the man who reportedly granted him forged documents and knows where he is. Other important witnesses insisted that the first days after the murder of Lela Mavromatis and the kidnap of their 4 year old child Phoebus, Lesi had found refuge at a friend in the area of Megara.
The show discreetly informed the authorities for further research.
On Friday, January 22 the grandfather of the 4 year old Phoebus met with the Minister of Citizen Protection, Mr. Nikos Toscas. At the meeting was present also the president of the “Smile of the Child” Mr. Kostas Giannopoulos. Lambis Mavromatis asked the Minister to consider whether there were failings on the part of the authorities in the first period of investigations and help in any way possible to find Phoebus. The Minister assured him that in investigations are from now on involving specialized officers.
“I pray that he will not no harm to Phoebus …”
The woman who opened wide her arms and her house and received James Lesi as her child when he was a teenager, spoke at “Tunnel”.
Amanda Brett and her husband Philip in 1999 like real parents bent over on Lesi when he arrived in England. He appeared as a war refugee from Kosovo named Albert Kosova. He had no official documents and he said that he had found his parents dead in the kitchen one day he returned from school. At first he was living in an area near London. Then he went to a foster family in Norfolk where he met at school with the old son of the Brett family, Barry Robertson. In 2002 when he became 18 year old was released from custody of the British social services and asked Brett family to stay with them.
For the next three years the family tried to help him with his documents in order to stay in the country. The court did not accept their applications so Lesi on June 20, 2005 returned to Kosovo.
All these years they were in contact with him but he never gave a clear explanation of why he used the name James Claude Lesi in Greece. The British couple visited him often in Greece and spoke often through skype.
In one of their trip in 2012 Lela told them that they would host his mother. They were shocked and when they asked him he said that he did not Know that he was adopted and that his real family found him through Facebook.
Lela had confided to Amanda that Lesi had lied about his past. He had said that he lived in Greece the time he was in England. Lela had also confessed that she was worried because she knew that Lesi was hiding a gun in the house.
Lela had revealed to her English friend that Lesi had behaved violently at least three times but did not want to talk to anyone about these incidents. She worried that her husband could take the children and leave for abroad. She didnt want to get passports for them, but James insisted on it.
“Jason was waiting for the ambulance to bring back his mother …”
Inside the house of the slaughter Petros brother of Lela Mavromatis, still cannot believe the evil that he found his family. He was in a trip when James Lesi took with seven stabs the life of his sister in front of the eyes of his six year old nephew.
Next to the Christmas tree which still remains decked in the room where time froze, talked to the reporter of “Tunnel”. On the day of Epiphany in the afternoon Lela was preparing to go with a friend and with their children on a playground. The two boys were downstairs with her parents. It was around six thirty in the afternoon when Lesi arrived at the house. When his eldest son saw him coming up the stairs followed him, to see a few minutes later, his own father killing his mother. Lesi without wasting time left grabbing the four year old Phoebus from the yard and disappeared
Jason cried silently watching his mother who was lying on the floor when after a while his grandmother came upstairs and saw the hideous spectacle.
Since then the child is under a psychologist supervising and often he says he expects the police to catch his father and bring back Phoebus. The little child could not accept that his mommy died. He said that the ambulance took her because she was not well and that soon she would return home. The psychologist suggested the child to see his mother in the funeral in order to accept the fact that she died. The appeals of Maria Lelas Mavromatis mother and her father, who are anxious about the fate of their younger grandson crack hearts. All they want is Phoebus to return safe and to grow up as normally as possible with his older brother.
He had two faces
Lelas father , Lambis Mavromatis visibly haggard spoke to the reporter of “Tunnel”. He spoke with tender words about his daughter, her talent and passion for painting. He described at the camera how Lela met Lesi. She was living in a seaside house at Psakoudia Chalkidiki. Lesi took over the garden work and soon they fell in love and decided to marry. Until then he showed everyone the guise of a good man. Everything changed when Lela gave birth to their first child. His behavior started to change and despite Lelas efforts to save their marriage she was facing his hard side. Finally she decided to separate with him after a trip to Albania. But Lela did not want to ask for help from her family.
“He asked his friend to find him a car…”
The reporter of “Tunnel” spoke to the owner of the house where Lesi was staying after his separation with Lela. The house was originally rented by an an Albanian friend of his. He said that no one was visiting him except his children. He was however surprised when a friend of Lesi called him without knowing that he had killed his wife and said that the actor asked him to find a car. The leader of a volunteer rescue team of the area Christos Rammos told “Tunnel” that they searched an area of 10 kilometers without result. After the crime, the team found the motorbike of the offender abandoned in Psakoudia. In a near point a mobile phone was found .
See details for the case here.