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Remand for man who shot at would-be dog thief (Update 2)

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A 45-year-old man was remanded in Paphos court on Tuesday for six days after he shot at a trespasser who tried to steal his hunting dogs.

He is facing charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

The incident took place at around 1am in Yiolos, Paphos after a 27-year-old man trespassed into the man’s back garden with a gun in hand and tights covering his face.

As he tried to steal the dogs, the 45-year-old realised what was going on and loaded his Flobert gun with two cartridges, shooting at him from a distance.

The 27-year-old fled the scene and his whereabouts were unknown till shortly before noon on Tuesday when he turned up at Paphos general hospital with his lawyer.

He did not suffer any serious injuries but will be kept overnight and taken to Paphos district court on Wednesday for a remand order.

He faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, breaking-in and covering his face with intent of committing an offence.

After the incident, the 45-year-old called police himself and told them what happened, admitting he had differences with the younger man.

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