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Lawyer argues Mazotos attempted murder charge is baseless

The defence lawyer for a 23-year-old man from Mazotos accused of the attempted murder of a fellow villager in December 2016 argued in court on Thursday that there is no evidence backing the charge against his client.

Nasos Demetriou faces charges of attempted murder, knife possession, and reckless and negligent acts in connection with the stabbing of 27-year-old Michalis Vassiliou.

The suspect was to answer to his charges on Thursday, but the procedure was postponed for July 12, after his lawyer said that two testimonies are still missing from the evidence, as well as the medical report on the victim and his deposition to the police.

The accused’s lawyer, Savvas Matsas, is trying to have the attempted murder charge dropped based on the argument that Demetriou was under the influence of drugs when the incident occurred.

Matsas told the court that when the results of tests on Demetriou’s blood and urine samples are ready he will send a letter to the attorney-general saying that the attempted murder charge is not justified.

He added that intent is required to justify attempted murder, which is not currently included in the charge sheet.

Following Matsas’ argument, the trial was adjourned until July 12. The suspect will be held in custody at the central prison until then.

The victim, who was in critical condition following the incident, is slowly recovering, the court heard, and has not yet been able to testify.

Demetriou was arrested on December 17 last year following a 1.30am argument in a village coffee shop during which he assaulted Vassiliou.

Demetriou left the coffee shop but returned minutes later in a car which, according to police, he used to hit a 20-year-old man before driving to a supermarket where he got out and stabbed Vassiliou twice in the chest and neck before speeding off.

The two injured men were rushed to Larnaca hospital, after which doctors decided to transfer Vassiliou to Nicosia General Hospital for surgery due to the severity of his injuries. The second injured man was treated for a bruised thigh and discharged.

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