Cretan convict’s death seen as revenge attack

The death of a 27-year-old Cretan man, whose body was found riddled with bullets near his car in the Cretan region of Sfakia on Wednesday night, may have been a revenge attack as the victim had been linked to the murder of a local farmer three years ago, police on the island said yesterday. Stavros Polentas had been shot several times in the head and back, leading police to believe that he had been ambushed. Officers had no leads yesterday about who may have killed Polentas but believe his connection to a crime against a neighbor in 2005 may point to the perpetrators of his killing. The victim’s father, 75-year-old Manolis Polentas, is serving a life sentence for killing 39-year-old farmer Christos Klapakis in 2005 in a property dispute. The 27-year-old had been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty as an accomplice in that killing but had been released pending his appeal.