Five years have passed today since the brutal murder of Eleni Topaloudis that shocked Greece and has been recorded as one of the most heinous crimes in our country.

Public opinion, as of today, November 28, “freezes” after the discovery of the body of a young girl in “Fokia” bay in Pefkos. The sequel is shocking. She is a student of the University of the Aegean who has been the victim of a brutal murder on the night of November 27th to 28th. The local community is outraged by what is gradually coming to light.

A few days later, on December 2, 2018, the tangle began to unravel to identify the killers and the circumstances under which the young student was murdered. The shock was even greater when it was revealed that the cold-blooded killers were two young children, only 19 and 21 years old.

The media, from one end of Greece to the other, turn their attention to the case of the murder and every day, what they see in the light of what the student suffered causes outragepain, anger and the general sense of justice.

The shocking revelations of the “democracy” about the heinous crime follow one another, the facts are chilling about the way the unfortunate student was killed, public opinion is shocked, the local community “boils” and the whole of Greece is shocked…

Today “demokratiki” presents the chronicle up to the revelation of the horrible murder of Eleni Topaloudi, which shocked Greece.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Coast Guard was informed of the existence of a body in “Fokia” Bay. She is a 25-35-year-old woman, 1.75 meters tall, with a normal build, black hair and a “rose” tattoo on the calf of her right leg. It brought abrasions and exudations. Her body was found naked, wearing an untied purple bra. The injuries are attributed to a fall on the rocks.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Her parents file a missing person report.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Two of her fellow students went to the Central Port Authority of Rhodes where they confirmed her identity.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Eleni Topaloudi’s father went to the morgue for her identification of the corpse. A special echelon of the homicide department of the Coast Guard arrives in Rhodes urgently from Athens.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The owner of the white van, which was seen near the young woman’s house, and in which the student allegedly boarded, testifies to the authorities. A young Albanian, a friend of the van owner’s son, also testifies. The two men have fallen into contradictions.


Monday, December 3, 2018

The then 19-year-old Albanian Alexandros Loutsai and the then 21-year-old Manolis Koukouras testify and fall into several contradictions. They suggested to the student that they have a romantic meeting at the house of Roditis in Pefkos, the 21-year-old did not agree and a fight broke out. The Albanian managed to hit her with an iron on the head and then grab her by the neck. The girl lost consciousness. Then the two perpetrators decided to “get rid of her”. They transport her in a van to the inaccessible area of ​​”Fokia”, in Pefkos, throwing her into the sea.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The two young men are taken to the prosecutor. A written apology had only been received from the 19-year-old. The 21-year-old exercised his right to remain silent, stated that he categorically denies what is attributed to him, that he is appointing as his counsel the lawyers etc. Aki Dimitriadis and Michalis Dimitrakopoulos (Athens) and further that a 48-hour deadline is requested. As far as the apology of his Albanian co-accused is concerned, already his defense attorneys Mr. Stelios Kiourtzis and his partner Mr. Elli Stavrianaki and Mr. Kostas Diakonis will insult it as invalid. They claim that his “confession” is a product of pressure from the port authorities. The two perpetrators were taken in handcuffs to the offices of the Marking of the Rhodes Security Sub-Directorate for photography and fingerprinting while also wearing bulletproof vests. The protection measures were draconian as from early in the morning a crowd of people had gathered around the Central Port Authority of Rhodes and some threatened to lynch them. On the same day, an autopsy is performed at the home in Pefkos where the perpetrators took the 21-year-old. The public prosecutor of Plimmeliodiki Rhodes, Mr. Dim. Ferentinos is prosecuting them for joint manslaughter in a calm state of mind and for joint rape and referred the case file to the Deputy Investigator, who proceeded to issue arrest warrants.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Eleni Topaloudi was taken to her last residence in a cemetery in her hometown of Didymoteicho. On the same day, the two defendants for premeditated homicide in a calm mental state by complicity and for joint rape were brought before the Rhodes Investigator, who repeated the charges and gave them a 48-hour deadline to apologize. One seeks to place the blame on the other and what they have verbally asserted contradicts each other. The details of the brutal murder that have come to light are shocking. The coroner revealed that the unfortunate young woman was martyred at the hands of her killers. Apart from the blow to the head, there are other findings that show that she was brutally abused. The shocking fact is that the girl was alive when she was thrown into the sea. If they had taken her to the hospital, she would be alive today, according to the coroner of Rhodes. At the same time, near the place where the lifeless body of the 21-year-old was found, the clothes she was wearing, except for her underwear, as well as the electric iron that was used to inflict trauma on her face.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

A new round of research is in full swing. Two port officers voluntarily appeared before the regular Investigator of Rhodes.

One claims that the 21-year-old Roditis, while he was brought before the port police spontaneously, told him that it was his 19-year-old friend who hit the student first by punching her in the face and then repeatedly with the electric iron because she insulted his manhood. The port guard claims that the 21-year-old told him that the student begged to be taken to the hospital and that they threw her onto the rocks following their joint decision. The second coastguard in his testimony claimed that the 19-year-old was taken in their presence to the home of the 21-year-old’s family in Pefkos and there he showed them the spot where they raped the victim. When he was asked to lead them to the sea area, where they threw her off the rocks, he did not know the route, while he remembered the spot when they got within a few meters. The parents of the 21-year-old student, through their attorney, Mr. Alexis Kougia and his partner, Mr. Savvas Pavlidis, submitted a statement of civil action.

The coroner of Rhodes, Mr. Panagiotis Kotretsos, submitted the forensic examination report. He points out that signs suggestive of recent intercourse cannot be assessed with certainty due to the body remaining in the sea. It determines her death between 20.00 hours on 27/11/2018 and 06.00 hours on 28/11/2018 in the sea by drowning. He emphasizes that the injuries caused while alive (craniocerebral and neck injuries attributed to attempted strangulation) preceded the entry of the body into the water with an estimated time of causing them at most two hours before. He attributed her death to suffocation due to water absorption on the ground of head injuries.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The two defendants were adjudged temporary prisoners. A crowd of people gathered in the Rhodes courthouse from the morning and small incidents were caused which did not escalate due to the presence of a strong force of police and coastguards. The security measures of the two murderers were draconian while enraged citizens abused the accused and some sought to approach them to lynch them. The defendants literally fled the courthouse. On the same day, the Coast Guard made official announcements. It is emphasized that the perpetrators, after their act, returned to the country house, cleaned blood and the interior and collected clothes and other items which they threw in the rocky area where they were found by the port guards.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

They were taken to the prisons under increased security measures and in strict secrecy.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Ending headlines fell on the high-profile trial, with the decision greeted with anti-femicide and pro-women’s rights slogans by those gathered outside the Courtroom. Life imprisonment for the crime of homicide for each of the two defendants in the Topaloudi case and 15 years imprisonment for each for the crime of gang rape, the court decided.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The president of the court announced that the two defendants, 24-year-old Manolis Koukouras and 23-year-old Alexandros Loutsai, were found guilty of gang rape by two perpetrators, manslaughter in a calm state of mind. The court rejected the defense’s stand-alone claims of reduced imputation. The Mixed Court of Appeal of Athens did not recognize any mitigating circumstances for the two defendants for the rape and murder of Eleni Topaloudi, accepting the prosecutor’s proposal. The court sentenced the two perpetrators to life and 15 years in prison for the crimes of homicide and gang rape, maintaining the same sentence that had been imposed in the first instance. The decision was unanimous.