A 24-year-old Russian man has pleaded guilty to charges of assault and causing grievous bodily harm, after hitting and causing brain damage to a 49-year-old Greek Cypriot man last year when he saw the latter kissing his girlfriend.
The incident took place in April 2017 in Ayia Napa, where the suspect was holidaying with his girlfriend, also from Russia.
Larnaca criminal court heard that the 49-year-old, who is from Nicosia, had gone to a pub in Ayia Napa with a friend of his, where he met the 24-year-old’s girlfriend, who did not mention to him that she was with another man. After having some drinks, the 49-year-old and the woman left the pub, and on their way to her apartment, they started kissing in the street.
The suspect, when he saw them, went over and hit the 49-year-old on the neck, took his girlfriend and left. The incident was recorded by surveillance cameras in the area.
The 49-year-old did not immediately suffer any symptoms from the blow, but five days later he was unable to speak, and fainted while at work. He was rushed to the Nicosia general hospital, where he was diagnosed with split carotid artery that caused ischemia and damage to the brain.
Although he is being treated, the 49-year-old is now able to only speak small words or phrases while no substantial improvement in his condition is expected, Politis said.