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Larnaca man jailed for stabbing three people, setting bar on fire

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A 35-year-old Larnaca man has been jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to stabbing three people in a nightclub and setting a bar on fire.

Christoforos Anastasi pleaded guilty to stabbing three men on July 26, and setting a bar on fire 30 minutes later.

District court Judge Evi Antoniou said the most serious charge faced by the 35-year-old was that of arson, which caused fear and uncertainty in people, adding the seriousness of the crimes committed needed to be addressed with penalties that would act as a genuine deterrent.

In determining the sentence, she said, the court had taken into consideration Anastasi’s age, his immediate admission of guilt to the police and the court, his family, personal, and economic circumstances, and the state of intoxication in which he was when he carried out the offenses, having previously consumed large amounts of alcohol.

Police were called to the Paparazzi night club in Larnaca on July 26 at 3.10am following reports of three people having been injured.

On arriving at the scene, witnesses told police Anastasi had, during an argument, pulled out a knife and stabbed the owner of the club, who is from Ormidia, a man from Larnaca, and a Palestinian.

A folding knife with a nine-centimetre blade was found on the premises.

A little later at about 03.40am, a fire was set at the Manoulia pub in Oroklini which caused damage to the premises before being put out.

Anastasi’s yellow van was seen leaving the area and eyewitnesses said he had previously been thrown out the pub at around 1.30am after causing trouble.

At about 03.50am police received another report saying the suspect had returned to the Paparazzi where he deliberately rammed his van into the window.

Police found the vehicle on the pavement.

Anastasi had by then made his way on foot to the police station where he had handed himself in and made a voluntary statement.

CCTV footage is thought to have greatly helped in identifying the man and expedited the process.

 

 


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