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PARENT KILLER

Former mental patient beats elderly mother, father to death A 42-year-old Cretan man yesterday faced an Iraklion prosecutor after allegedly bludgeoning his elderly parents to death with a cudgel on Thursday night in the prefecture of Iraklion. The man, who had spent time in psychiatric institutions in the past, was found by police in a local cafe shortly after the alleged double killing. The suspect’s latest discharge from a clinic had been approved by his 86-year-old father and 80-year-old mother, according to police. MEDICINE PRICES Hikes and cuts from Monday Prices of certain medicines are to change as of Monday, the Development Ministry said yesterday, noting that some will drop by up to 55 percent while others will increase by up to 59 percent. The medicines Lonarid and Salospir, used to treat thrombosis, are among 29 drugs that will be dearer, going up by 50 percent and 39 percent respectively. The price reductions for 13 imported medicines will boost the coffers of insurance funds by more than 1 million euros a year, the ministry said. Sex ring Police in Attica were yesterday questioning two Romanian women, both aged 22, believed to have been working for a criminal ring luring foreign women to Greece under false pretenses and forcing them to work as prostitutes. The arrests occurred after police received a call from a 32-year-old Romanian woman in the coastal suburb of Voula who claimed to have been locked up in an apartment and exploited. The two younger women had allegedly been guarding her. Police are seeking a 49-year-old Greek man and a 29-year-old Romanian woman believed to be the ring leaders. Fatal mistake A 36-year-old man from near Kavala in northern Greece was charged with manslaughter through negligence after shooting his 31-year-old brother dead when they were hunting wild boar. The 36-year-old allegedly shot his brother after mistaking him for a boar. The 36-year-old has also been charged with illegally owning and carrying a firearm and hunting out of season. Downtown fight A clash between several migrants in the central Athens district of Aghios Panteleimonas resulted in damage to a two-story building and six parked cars. Police said they suspect religious differences sparked the clash. No injuries or arrests were reported. Electric con Spartakos, a union representing employees of the Public Power Corporation, issued a statement yesterday warning residents of Athens’s northern suburb of Nea Erythraia that an impostor is operating in the neighborhood and trying to swindle customers. The union said that the man is claiming to be a member of their union, telling people that they must change their electricity meters. Spartakos said that the alleged con man is demanding money as a downpayment for the new meters. Church thieves Two men, aged 27 and 28, have been arrested in Thessaloniki on suspicion that they broke into at least 15 church collection boxes and stole 380 euros in cash. The two men allegedly used a technique involving a metal rod and some sticky tape to remove the banknotes from the boxes.