A 43-year-old Greek Cypriot man caught on video assaulting a Congolese woman with a baby in her arms faces as many as ten charges, Philenews reported on Wednesday.
The charges relate to the offense of racism, public indignity and assault and were filed against him by Larnaca district court on Tuesday.
The accused was caught on video beating the 29-year-old foreign woman while she was holding her 11-month-old baby in her arms on July 13 in the port of Larnaca. The verbally and physically abusive incident was videotaped by a bystander.
He has been released on restrictive conditions, including the signing of a bond of €20,000 and travel restrictions outside of Cyprus.
The Attorney General of the Republic who received the case file from the Larnaca CID has consented to the additional charges of racism.
According to the complaint reported to police, the incident whose videotape went viral after the accused sold an evidently mechanically faulty car to the woman for €900,
The woman had asked for her money back- something that caused tension and eventually her bodily harm. The baby was not hurt.
The accused claims he had the intention of returning the money once the woman returned the car.
by Daphne Stavrides