A local man was sentenced to eight years in prison for stabbing an elderly man who was in his own backyard at his Larnaca residence.
According to local media, a Larnaca criminal court on Thursday handed down an eight year sentence to a local resident after he was found guilty of first-degree assault.
The 60-year-old was arrested in August 2019 following an altercation he had with an 84-year-old neighbour, whom he stabbed in the back with a knife after the two had an argument.
An official statement made reference to a single charge of causing grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum of seven years, but no other charges were listed
Reports said the man armed with a knife went to visit his elderly neighbour but it was unclear from court details whether the situation had escalated from the beginning.
Both men were described as Greek Cypriots, with reports saying when police officers arrived at the scene the 60-year-old surrendered the knife.
The 84-year-old male was rushed to the Emergency Room at Larnaca General Hospital where doctors said he had a knife injury in the lower left loin. Reports said he was later released after he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The convicted man’s sentence starts from 17 August 2019, the day of his arrest.
An official statement made a reference to a single charge of causing grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum of seven years. No other charges were listed according to police.
It was not clear whether the judge provided information about parole eligibility after handing down the sentence.
Story updated with hospital release information