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CHILD ABUSE

Mother of beaten 4-year-old and her partner remanded in custody A 25-year-old ethnic Greek woman from Kazakhstan and her 26-year-old partner, who is believed to have viciously beaten the woman’s 4-year-old boy, were yesterday remanded in custody after defending themselves before an investigating magistrate. The child has been in critical condition at Athens’s Aglaia Children’s Hospital since Tuesday night, when he was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries, bruises and bite marks. The couple, who were charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and exposing a minor to danger, have failed to find legal representation. FATAL COLLISION Motorist killed after violating level crossing and hitting train A driver was killed yesterday in Trikala, central Greece, when his car slammed into a train after he illegally attempted to cross a rail crossing, the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) said. None of the 80 passengers aboard the train was hurt, OSE added. The driver is believed to have ignored warning bells and lights and have driven around lowered barriers. The accident involved an intercity train traveling from Kalambaka to Athens. TAXI THEFT Robbers mug cabbie, take his car A taxi driver in Athens was robbed of his earnings and his vehicle yesterday after being beaten, police said. Two unknown men entered the taxi as customers and then threatened the driver with a handgun. The victim was then beaten around the head before the suspects made away with the money and the car. Antiquities trade A 54-year-old man was arrested in Thessaloniki yesterday on charges of illegal antiquities trade, police said. Authorities found in his possession eight coins dating from Hellenistic and Roman times, two crosses and 12 millstones, among other items. Another 31 unknown pieces were found, which have been sent to experts for identification after a raid on the suspect’s home and farm, police added. Fire controlled Firefighters early yesterday tamed a forest fire that had broken out in the area of Cassandra, in northern Greece’s Halkidiki. Some 90 firefighters and an airplane were involved in the operation. Authorities believe that a lightning bolt started the blaze. Fraud charge Police have arrested a 37-year-old man on fraud charges after he allegedly attempted to obtain a 25,000-euro loan from a bank in Thessaloniki using a fake tax statement. Police were tipped off by bank staff who realized that the submitted documentation was forged. The suspect has allegedly taken out two loans from other banks totaling 25,000 euros. Murder investigation Police are investigating the murder of Dimitris Boukovinos, a kiosk owner in Ioannina, northern Greece, whose body was found yesterday outside of the village of Perama. The 40-year-old appears to have died from serious head injuries and knife wounds. Reward offered Hermes security group said yesterday it will offer a 160,000-euro reward to anyone who provides it with information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in the recent theft of 3.2 million euros from one of its armored cars. The holdup took place on June 19 in one of the largest robberies ever to have taken place in Greece. Grill recall The Development Ministry announced yesterday the recall of a Dixan SW-059 electric grill due to a high danger of overheating. The grill was given as a gift to customers who purchased Dixan products. Migrants detained The coast guard yesterday found five illegal immigrants who had been hidden on board a truck in Patras headed for Italy. The five immigrants, who were not identified, were detained while the 43-year-old driver was arrested.