10th March 2000
Date of Birth:
10th March 2000, Police being suspicious of a
property deal gone wrong visited a warehouse in Kensal
Rise London, where they found the body of Charalambos
Papalexis was concerned that the deal would collapse as
he needed money for another development.
Mr Christodoulides was
believed to have been alive in the early hours of 10
Later the same day, Mr Papalexis exchanged contracts for
the sale of the property to give him over £300,000
A few days later, Mr Christodoulides's family reported
him missing and police searched the extensive premises
but found no body.
16th March 2000, the completion of the sale fell
through and receivers were called into Mr Papalexis's
The following week Mr Papalexis flew out of Britain,
returning to the USA.
25 March 2000, Police decided to make a more
detailed search of the warehouse, discovering the body
in aninspection pit.
9th June 2009, The
trail begins at the Old Bailey in London.
Papalexis, from Florida,
plus two of his employees denied murder.
Laidlaw QC said, "Mr Christodoulides had been tied to a
chair, tortured and strangled, "It appears that the
victim was condemned to die for no better reason than he
was not prepared to leave his home."
The prosecution claimed
that mobile phone calls, fingerprints and DNA from
cigarette butts put all three defendants in the
warehouse at the time the victim was killed.
The jury were told that Mr Papalexis confessed to the
murder to a prostitute in the US, and she contacted the
authorities when she heard about his arrest and
Friday 4th September
2009, Papalexis is found guilty of murder.
Thursday 7th September
2009, The jury were discharged after failing
to reach verdicts on the co-accused, Mr Xhelo and Mr
Baxhija both were remanded in custody to face a retrial
Wednesday 30th September
2009, Papalexis Is sentenced to life
imprisonment, with a recommendation he serve a minimum
The Old Bailey
Judge Jeremy Roberts
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