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Security chief, roommate speak at suicide trial

The trial into the 2015 suicide of student Vangelis Giakoumakis in the northwestern city of Ioannina continued Tuesday with testimony from the 20-year-old’s roommate and the head of the security company guarding Ioannina Dairy School, who said that neither she nor her staff were aware he was beaten and bullied by fellow students.

The head of the security firm said the company registers events at the school on a 24-hour basis and that no incidents of violence were reported, adding, however, that she was invited by the school’s director to a meeting in 2014 to discuss reports of violence against Giakoumakis, and told to improve the monitoring of the premises.

His roommate testified that he was also unaware at the time of any violence and that Giakoumakis was an introverted person.

The trial is examining possible culpability of the school in the death of Giakoumakis for allegedly failing to take action after receiving reports of the abuse, which is believed to have led to his suicide.

The school’s lawyer, Alexis Kouyias, noted that none of the witness, so far, said they were aware of any abuse against Giakoumakis.

The case has also implicated a New Democracy lawmaker for allegedly using his influence to cover up the alleged bullies.

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