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Lawyers plead for leniency for kidnap aunt

LIMASSOL Criminal Court will next Wednesday sentence the 35-year-old woman who was found guilty of abducting her 18-month-old nephew. The case continued on Tuesday where the court heard the defence’s mitigation plea.

The court found the woman – the child’s aunt – guilty last week of his abduction, a crime which carries a sentence of up to seven years in jail.

In a full courtroom, the defence pleaded that the 35-year-old is a mother of three. The defence also pointed to the fact the woman does not have a criminal record.

It was also argued that the case is clearly regarding family differences that got out of hand. The criminal court decided that sentencing would take place on the morning of July 24 and that the 35-year-old would remain in custody until then.

Eighteen-month-old Stavros Styllis’ disappearance on February 15 had sparked a massive search, involving police, army, civil defence, municipal workers and the public.

The toddler was eventually found unharmed at the Ypsonas cemetery eight hours later. He was found crying in a shed by a widow visiting her husband’s grave.


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