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Man Can’t Remember Killing Girlfriend Outside Athens Police Station

ATHENS – The unnamed man police said stabbed his former girlfriend to death near a police station as she was on the phone seeking a police escort home was taken to a psychiatric hospital before telling an investigating magistrate he can’t recall what he did.

He wasn’t identified under Greek privacy laws but she was and the funeral of 28-year-old Kyriaki Griva was held while an investigation is ongoing into why she wasn’t protected, which has seen five officials suspended.

That includes the operator on the 100 emergency line who told Griva, “Lady, police cars aren’t taxis,” moments before hearing her scream, “He is here!” and being killed although she had a male friend with her.

They had gone to the Agio Anargyroi police station in northern Athens so she could report that she had seen the ex-boyfriend loitering outside her home in defiance of a restraining order but was reportedly told to go out and call for a police car escort home.

The incident shocked Greece in another slaying of a woman and a long line of domestic cases and led the major opposition SYRIZA to reiterate its call for femicide to be a separate penal code category.

The suspect’s lawyer submitted a memo stating his client  has severe mental health problems and was hospitalized in psychiatric facilities multiple times in asking the court to consider he has an unsound mind.

The ruling New Democracy, which had put steps in place to protect women, said murder already covers that but now is said to be considering having safe houses set up and Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis holding a teleconference call with police.

The leadership of the Hellenic Police (ELAS) is also going to make changes to its protocols in domestic violence reports and investigate why they weren’t followed in this case that led to the woman’s murder.

The ministry said incidents of domestic violence have doubled since 2020, a year after New Democracy first routed the then-ruling Radical Left SYRIZA, attributed to more victims reporting cases.

Stricter regulations  for dealing with domestic violence will be implemented, while instructions will be reissued to police officers by all police departments. Chrysochoidis said more than 17,000 police officers had been given training.

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