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Suspect in dog mauling death back in court next month

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The 27-year-old owner of the Rottweilers that are thought to have mauled to death a Bulgarian woman in February, will be entering a plea on June 29.

The man, who faces charges of manslaughter and causing death through negligence, appeared in Paphos criminal court again on Thursday.

The prosecution informed the court that it was amending the charge sheet, dropping the charge of owning dogs without a permit.

The suspect, who had been detained following his arrest, was released after posting a €100,000 bond. He was ordered to hand over his travel documents, his name was placed on a stop list, and he must report to Paphos police daily.

He was also ordered to muzzle his Rottweilers and keep them on a leash.

The state prosecution told the court it has yet to receive a report from the Institute of Genetics regarding blood samples from a dog cage near the site where the Bulgarian woman was found.

Police were also waiting for test results which will show – or not – whether the injuries on the victim’s body are consistent with Rottweiler bite marks.

The victim, Petruna Nikolova, was found close to death in a field in Yeroskipou, Paphos, on February 22 and died on the way to hospital.

Police initially arrested two people – the 27-year-old and his father, 54. They are the owners of nearby premises where a number of dogs, including at least five Rottweilers, were being kept.

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