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Teenager guilty of manslaughter in Larnaca stabbing death (Update)

Larnaca court

By Andria Kades

A 17-year-old has been found guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing death of British Cypriot Michael Antony Louis Mina in Larnaca in November last year.

A mitigation hearing has been set for Thursday.

Alexis Anastasiou was charged with stabbing Mina, 22, outside the victim’s apartment in the Mackenzie area, in the early hours of November 16.

The two had argued over the victim dating his ex girlfriend.

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

Court presiding judge Nicolaos Santis said that this was pre-mediated murder as Anastasiou had the knife before he met with Minas and “his motive was revenge.”

He called his testimony “unreliable” and said the victim had not in fact called on Anastasiou to meet at the parking but rather, he had seen Minas, told him to approach him and stabbed him in the neck.

According to Santis, Anastasiou then left the scene with his friends shouting “let’s go, I think I killed him,” later on telling one of his friends “he’s kicked the bucket, I think I’ve killed him, I committed murder.”

The defence had argued that this was not premeditated murder as he only stabbed him once, and had his intention been to kill him he would not have called him over to the car parking but rather used the element of surprise and stabbed him.

The court also rejected that he had psychological problems and had taken drugs on November 15 at night saying “he escaped the scene in panic, holding the knife and then in a calm and collected manner, attempted to cover his tracks, burying the knife in the ground and hiding the clothes he was wearing.”

“He was fully aware of his actions and the consequences,” while the victim had not shown any signs of wanting to attack.

During the court session, the victim’s family yelled at Anastasiou as he left the court room while they wore black t-shirts with a picture of Minas and the words “sometimes our heart needs more time to realise what our mind already knows.”

Police had to repeatedly ask Anastasiou to go to the dock after he sat with his parents and sister.

On July 9, the counsel to Anastasiou will have the opportunity to plea for mitigation while social welfare services have been asked to conduct a report on him.

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