DHAKA: A 29-year-old Bangladeshi man stabbed his roommate to death because he refused to get out of bed to replace him at the hotel reception where they worked, the Nicosia district court heard Tuesday.
The suspect, along with a second Bangladeshi man, 33, were yesterday remanded in custody for eight days in connection with the killing of a compatriot, 25, who was found stuffed in a suitcase in the boot of a car on Monday.
The 29-year-old told the court his only mistake was that he moved the body because he was scared, but investigators said he had given a statement admitting to killing his roommate in the early morning hours of Friday.
He “fatally wounded the victim with a knife in their room, because he refused to get out of bed to replace him at the hotel reception where their worked, something that happened often,” the police investigator told the court.
The 25-year-old’s body was found inside a suitcase that had been wrapped in a plastic bag.
The victim had bled to death as a result of three wounds to the throat, the court heard.
He also had defensive wounds on his right hand.
Police said they have not yet found the murder weapon.
The 29-year-old had claimed initially that he had found his roommate dead in his bed and decided to move his body because he was scared.
He also told officers he had cleaned the blood from the wall.
The suitcase had been placed in the boot of a car belonging to the victim. It was found in an open parking lot on Eschylou Street in the old town of Nicosia.
The 29-year-old had driven the car to where it was found from a nearby parking facility in the moat surrounding the old town’s walls.
Police said the second suspect had helped the alleged perpetrator carry the suitcase to the car.
However, it was not immediately clear whether the second suspect knew what was in the suitcase.
He denied any involvement, telling officers that last Saturday he received a phone call from the first suspect who asked him to meet so that he can return €90 he owed and help him move some things.
In the early hours of Sunday, according to the second suspect, he helped the 29-year-old move two green plastic bags containing clothes as well as the suitcase, which he was told, also contained clothes.
Police said their movements were recorded by security cameras.
Footage showed two individuals who look like the suspects, carrying a case resembling the one the body was found in, police told the court.
BDST: 2130 HRS, JAN 30, 2013
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