Cretan court hears rape, murder case

A court in the town of Neapoli in Lasithi, Crete, on Friday began hearing the case against a 46-year-old Romanian national who has been accused of raping and killing an elderly woman during the course of a home invasion last year.

The unnamed suspect allegedly broke into the home of 85-year-old Sofia Kornaraki in a village near Iraklio on March 18, 2012, with the intent of robbery.

He was accompanied by his 17-year-old son, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison by a juvenile court in Crete in September after confessing to being a part of the break-in.

The father and son are said to have gagged and killed the woman as they ransacked her home, with reports also suggesting that the 46-year-old sexually assaulted her.