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Two jailed for six years after attacking pensioner

Two Syrian men have been jailed for six years after they were found guilty of robbing a 77-year-old Paphos man.

The man had been assaulted by four individuals on February 4. It took place at a flat the man owned, which he was supposed to be showing to someone interest in renting it.

The perpetrators stole €2,400 in cash, his mobile, phone, and his car.

The vehicle was found in the evening of February 8 in Yeroskipou. It was spotted by an off-duty police officer who remained in the area after calling for backup.

While there, a car approached and a passenger got out and got into the stolen vehicle and drove off.

The officer followed the car, notifying police patrols at the same time.

At some point police gave chase but the suspect slowed down and managed to get out of the car while it was still moving.

He escaped in the darkness.

However, the clues collected by investigators led them to believe that the perpetrators were individuals of Arab descent, possibly Syrians, who had run-ins with the authorities in the past.

The two defendants were arrested soon afterwards.

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