Man charged with murdering daughter pleads distress


A 61-year-old retired police officer from Aghia Varvara, western Athens, was remanded in custody Tuesday after defending himself before an investigating magistrate on murder charges after allegedly killing his 6-year-old daughter and disposing of her body in a garbage dumpster.

The man, who initially allegedly claimed that the child’s death was accidental and occurred after he “hugged her a bit harder than usual,” on Tuesday submitted a written statement to the magistrate claiming that his existing mental health problems had worsened recently.

The suspect also faces charges of desecrating the dead after allegedly disposing of his daughter’s body in a dumpster in his neighborhood. According to sources, the 61-year-old has displayed suicidal tendencies and is taking prescribed medication.