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Thanos Papalexis

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10th March 2000


Charalambos Christodoulides

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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 Christodoulides.

Property developer 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 March, 2000.
Later the same day, Mr Papalexis exchanged contracts for the sale of the property to give him over 300,000 profit.
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 Holloway site.
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.


Prosecuting, Jonathan 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 extradition.


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 20 years.


Prosecuting Jonathan Laidlaw QC

The Old Bailey

Judge Jeremy Roberts



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