A young woman was beaten to death by her partner. Her body was found in her home in Peristeri suburb of western Athens short before Monday midnight by her mother and her sister. It is the third case of femicide in Greece in just two days.
According to preliminary media information, the third victim is said to be between 17 and 20 years old.
Evidence, so far, point to a crime as the victim, half-naked on her bed, has bruises on her body, signs of a struggle and suffocation.
The police, however, are considering all possibilities, while an autopsy is expected to shed light into the causes of her death.
The apartment has no signs of tampering.
The young woman was alone in the family apartment when the crime took place. It was her mother and her sister who found her dead in her room shortly before Monday midnight.
Police is looking for the victim’s partner, a man of Pakistani origin, .
The young girl had a relationship with him in the last 4-5 months, he would frequently stay in the family home.
According to witnesses, the man was seen some time on Monday to have visited the apartment with some of his friends. They took some things from the victim’s home and left to an unknown destination.
A resident of the apartment building said that she had opened the door for them.
A victim’s friend said that the young woman’s partner was a little older than her and he “seemed a nice person.”
According to some media, authorities have brought to police station for questioning a couple who had friendly relations with the victim.
Preliminary examination conducted by the coroner has reportedly showed that the 17-year-old girl died of suffocation and that someone had closed her nose and mouth with bare hand.
Other injuries on the body showed that the victim fought for her life until her very last breath.
According to witnesses, the couple had a loud argument prior to the crime.
Police has launched a manhunt for the 21-year-old Pakistani boy-friend who remains at large. Authorities estimate that he may have left Athens after he contacted his brother.
Femicide in Greece
The femicide in Peristeri is the third femicide in the country in just two days, after two women were stabbed to death by their husbands on Crete and Zakynthos on Sunday..
On Sunday morning, a man stabbed his wife to death in Rethymno, on the island of Crete, because she wanted a divorce. Twelve hours later, another man on the island of Zakynthos stabbed his wife to death. The victim had just returned from the local police station where she had filed a complain against her husband for domestic violence. IT was the second complain in less than two months.
Murders of women have gone out of control in the last 2.5 years: 15 women have lost their lives by current or former partners and even sons in Greece in 2022. A total of 22 women were killed in the country in 2021.