A 39-year-old local man charged in the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend last week was transported to a hospital ICU early Sunday after apparently trying to hang himself.

The murder of 28-year-old Kyriaki Griva last Monday evening shocked public opinion in Greece, both because it was only the latest instance of fatal domestic violence committed against a woman, and because of the apparent indifference shown by desk officers at an Agii Anargyri police precinct when the victim turned to them for protection. Then, a police emergency dispatcher proved just as insensitive, while it emerged that a sentry posted outside the precinct had himself been convicted for separate offences and served jail time – but remains on the force.

The suspect, Thanassis K., was remanded to Korydallos Prison’s psychiatric ward after his arraignment.

He was reportedly found unconscious in a latrine hanging from bandages tied around his neck and attached to an overhead pipe.

He was administered CPR by prison guards and rushed to the nearby Attikon hospital. No medical bulletin has been issued on his condition, albeit later media reports claimed in was intubated.