On Thursday, January 9, Nikos Mentzou’s girlfriend and her siblings testified on the court.
His girlfriend received many questions from both the court and the lawyers, but declined to answer to most of them. She cited personal information of her relationship with the deceased, while others said she did not remember.
When asked about when the victim’s wife learned about their relationship, she said she was ignorant, stressing that the teacher was not discussing their family matters. In another question she admitted that the victim had suggested living together, something that they were discussing.
On the day of the tragedy, she claimed she was at her father’s home for Easter preparations when she received the message from the victim.
“I love you. Stay safe”, she wrote without knowing why he had sent it to her at the time.
Then the siblings of the teacher’s girlfriend were examined, who said their relationship with him was typical.
The testimonies of two of their fellow villagers followed. One, who was a witness at the Tunnel, said that as he was crossing a street that morning, she saw the teacher’s car stopped by the side of a road. In the driver’s seat it was the victim and outside there were two to three men she did not recognize, as they were with the back turned towards the road.
The second woman’s testimony prompted tension to the court and relatives of the unfortunate teacher.
The trial will resume on Thursday, January 23 with the examination of the remaining witnesses.
See all the tunnel research and in-depth investigation into the case here.