New twist in Salonica sex abuse ‘patricide’

A Thessaloniki student who on Monday killed a man she said had sexually abused her for the past years was not his daughter, as initially reported, but his sister-in-law, the victim’s relatives said yesterday. During yesterday’s funeral of Giorgos Kehiopoulos, 41, his mother told reporters that Natalia Kehiopoulou, 19, had been registered as the victim’s daughter in order to facilitate her immigration when the two came to Greece from Kazakhstan in 1992. The computer science student has confessed to stabbing Kehiopoulos to death in the immigration services office the two maintained in Thessaloniki. She said she acted in self defense after he tried to strangle her when she asked him to leave her alone. Thessaloniki pathologist Samuel Dugu found insufficient signs of a strangulation attempt, and said a third person may have been present during the stabbing. Following reports that Kehiopoulos was among Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards when he visited Greece last year, the Thessaloniki Russian Consulate said he had been employed as an interpreter.

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