Paphos Criminal Court on Tuesday imposed a €1000 fine on a man it had last week cleared of manslaughter after he pleaded guilty to keeping dogs without a dog licence.
On December 9, the court had acquitted the 28 year old of manslaughter and causing death by negligence after it found that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that it was the defendant’s dogs that had fatally injured Petrana Milchova. The court’s decision is being reviewed by the attorney general but there has been no decision as to whether the prosecution will appeal the verdict.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to all the charges except that of not having permits for his dogs and he appeared in court on Tuesday for sentencing.
The victim was mauled to death by dogs on February 22, 2018 as she was walking in the fields in Geroskipou.
On the day of the incident, the defendant had gone to see his grandfather and on his return had found the woman, critically injured and had immediately called an ambulance.
Five post-mortem examinations were carried out on the body of the victim. Initially, state pathologists said she had been injured by agricultural machinery but later examinations concluded that she was mauled to death by dogs.
His defence lawyer Elias Stephanou said that it was unfair for doubts to condemn someone, adding that the impression was being created that justice is not being served and this was a wider issue. And he said the defendant had been held in custody for four months pending his trial.