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Teenager denies premeditated murder charge

Larnaca courthouse

A 17-year-old on Monday pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the killing of British Cypriot Michael Antony Louis Mina in Larnaca in November last year.

The trial was adjourned until February 5. He will remain in custody until then.

The 17-year-old is on trial for stabbing Mina, 22, outside the victim’s apartment in the Makenzie area, in the early hours of November 16.

The two had argued over the fact that the teenager had been dating the victim’s ex girlfriend.

The 17-year-old said he had been acting in self defence. He claimed that Mina had arranged a meeting so they could settle their differences.

He alleged that the victim had also pulled a knife on him but it was never found.

Following his admission the defendant led police to the murder weapon, a 12-cm military knife.

Defence lawyer Yiannis Polihronis told reporters that a toxicology test conducted immediately after his client’s arrest, found traces of amphetamine, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, and two powerful sedatives, in his bloodstream.

The case sparked criticism against the state for lacking the proper mechanisms to deal with delinquent teenagers.

The 17-year-old had been implicated in around 60 cases of car theft and had already spent two months in jail.

His family had pleaded with police and the courts to keep him in custody but he was released because of his age.

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