By Constantinos Psillides
The state has filed an appeal in the dog killer case arguing that the two-month jail term handed down by the court was inadequate, the animal party said on Tuesday.
Party chairman Kyriacos Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail that during a meeting with deputy attorney general Rikkos Erotokritou on Tuesday, he was informed that the state has filed an appeal against the sentence. It was filed on Tuesday.
“This is very good news for us. We were demanding a stricter penalty and it is with great joy that we were informed that the state is actively pushing for it,” Kyriakou said.
The 66-year old retired educator –Andreas Ioannou- was found guilty by the Limassol District Court on March 5 on charges of animal abuse, negligence and assaulting police officers.
He was given a two month jail sentence.
The maximum sentence for animal abuse is a year in jail and/or a €1,700 fine.
It was the first time ever anyone was sentenced to jail for animal abuse but welfare groups expressed disappointment over the sentence, considering it to be lenient.
The crime took place on Christmas Day, 2013.
The police officers saw the educator’s Land Rover pass by with his dog –a Rottweiler named Bruno- tied on the back and dragged through the streets.
Upon exiting his vehicle, Ioannou reportedly lashed out at the police officers, demanding to know why they stopped him. “We will get some peace and quiet already. What is your problem,” he had said.
In handing the verdict, the court judge said that Ioannou’s behaviour was, “inexcusable and condemnable and was not consistent with defence witnesses who claimed he loved and looked after Bruno”.