Cyprus Mail

Eight years for matricide

Limassol Criminal Court

A 43-year-old man was Thursday sentenced to eight years in jail after being found guilty of causing his mother’s death over a year ago.

Limassol criminal court passed sentence on the defendant, who initially had denied the charges of assault and battery against his mother, 73-year-old Litsa Antoniou, now deceased.

The man had claimed his mother had hurt herself after she fell out of bed.

But under the weight of forensic evidence and the testimony of one of his uncles, he subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The incident occurred on January 21, 2018. Mother and son had got into an argument about his lifestyle. He began beating his mother, who was later rushed to hospital comatose.

Having sustained brain haemorrhage and several broken bones, the elderly woman was declared clinically dead. She expired three days later while being cared for in an old people’s home.

The defendant is said to have had problems with alcohol and drugs.

Following his arrest last year, he had been detained in the central prisons where he has been receiving psychiatric help.

In its ruling the court spoke of a tragic case, acknowledging that the defendant has exhibited remorse.

It said the man’s two uncles have since forgiven him.

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