News Local Teenager who kılled his sister returns home

Teenager who kılled his sister returns home

The 14-year-old who stabbed his 9-year-old sister to death last November in Larnaca returns to his home by court order after spending a year in the psychiatric ward at Athalassa Hospital. The Court rejected the request for a renewal of the 14-year compulsory care order today, Thursday, November 7.

The incident occurred while the siblings were alone at home and had an argument.  A post mortem has revealed the little girl was stabbed 15 times, four of the stab wounds affected vital organs.

State services are in a quandary on how to handle the case as Cyprus does not have a juvenile detention centre. There is no legal precedent for the case. This is the first time that a person under 14 years of age had committed such a serious crime in Cyprus. As a minor, the boy cannot be criminally prosecuted for murder and therefore is criminally unaccountable.

His lawyer argued that prolonged hospitalization is not the appropriate solution. According to the hospital’s child psychiatrists, the boy is not suffering from any type of mental illness that would justify his enclosure there.

The state has also considered sending him to a juvenile detention centre abroad, however, this option is less likely to be implemented due to the lack of legislation in that regard.

The two children were staying with their father after their parents’ separation. They had been living in the same Larnaca neighbourhood for the past three years. The family moved to Cyprus from Romania several years ago.

The tragic case of the siblings has shown errors, omissions and legislative gaps concerning juvenile offenders and has raised the issue of lack of appropriate detention centres for minors, over 14.

Source: Philnews

Top Stories

One death from covid announced on Sunday, 303 new cases

Health authorities in Cyprus on Sunday announced one death from covid-19 and 303 new cases out of a total of 46,544 tests. The PCR and...

Cyprus eighth from bottom in EU as far as women holding a parliamentary seat goes

Cyprus ranked eighth from the bottom in the EU with just 22% of women holding a seat in parliament in 2020, according to data...

Safeguarding public health top priority, says Cyprus President

One year after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday sent the message that top priority for his...

Police issue 214 fines in 24 hours for breach of covid measures

Police in Cyprus booked 213 citizens and a coffee-shop owner over the past 24 hours for breach of measures aiming to curb the spread...

Headmaster Lambon: The English School still a leader in education (PHOTOS)

The English School has always been an innovator with a reputation as a leader in education but the coronavirus pandemic has proved it is...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...