The owner of an unsupervised dog that attacked a 5-year-old child was fined €250 on Monday, which he will have to pay within a week.
In his verdict, Paphos district court judge Petros Michaelides explained that he considered the dog-owner’s clean record, his immediate acceptance of responsibility and remorse.
The charges facing the defendant incur maximum penalties of two years in prison, or a fine up to €1,500, or both.
State prosecutor Simos Simeou said the defendant pled guilty to charges of causing a 5-year-old child bodily harm, failure to supervise a dog, and having no permit for the pet.
He presented the court with a doctor’s note, according to which the child had suffered lacerations on the left side of his abdomen.
Since the incident, the owner has secured a permit for the animal.
The court heard that the dog had initially been kept in a cage, but its owner subsequently decided to transfer him to his father’s apartment, from where the dog was able to jump off the balcony, from a height of 1.5-2 metres.
Following his escape, the dog played with the child in the neighbouring house’s yard, but later attacked and bit into the boy’s abdomen.