Two men, both Polish nationals, were sentenced to 11 and 13 years in prison on Thursday for the manslaughter of a Latvian man in Limassol in 2016.
The older man, 63, was sentenced to 11 years and his 39-year-old compatriot to 13 years.
The victim was a 37-year-old Latvian. In July 2016, he was driven by a friend to an unfinished building where the now 39-year-old illegally lived in order to pay the Pole €60 of €70 he had borrowed. At the same apartment was the other sentenced man who had claimed he was there to celebrate the first suspect’s birthday. They had consumed alcohol with another two persons.
They had an argument over the money and the victim was later discovered in a pool of blood in a nearby park in Moutagiaka with multiple fractures to the skull. Police found bloodstains and two €20 banknotes which the convicted men said was part of the money returned by the victim, as well as traces of blood on the soles of his feet.
He was hospitalised in the intensive care unit of Nicosia general hospital and was later moved to an old people’s home where he died months later, in February 2017.
The court highlighted the seriousness of the crime and said the victim’s injuries show the brutality with which he was beaten by the perpetrators while they were under the influence of alcohol.
During sentencing the judge also considered the fact that the men had no prior criminal record.