Cyprus Daily News

Compassionate sentence

A 32-year-old Greek Cypriot man was yesterday handed a lenient prison sentence of 18.5 months on compassionate grounds for repeated use and possession of class A drugs.
After hearing of the defendant’s history of mental instability and the fact that he has been in and out of the prison system for the last decade, the Larnaca District Court decided not take into account his previous convictions and hand him a lenient sentence for possession of cocaine and LSD.
Addressing the court, the defendant said “I only have myself to blame,” before explaining his repeated trouble with the law led to him becoming isolated from his friends and family and his wife leaving him.
In handing down the sentence judge Natalie Taralidou said the court was sympathetic over the defendant’s personal problems but had no choice to convict him.
“Despite several convictions the defendant has failed to cut his ties with crime. We have an obligation to protect society from such criminal behaviour but the court will not taking into consideration his previous convictions.”
The defendant has several convictions for drug use, theft and burglary.

Ayia Napa dining

Ayia Napa Municipality recently took a closer look at prices at the town’s restaurants and has found reasonably-priced options abound despite criticism of overpricing.
According to an official announcement, the effort was undertaken in the wake of the publication of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) price list.
“Our study once again indicates that prices at restaurants and other venues at our tourist resort are at very reasonable levels that can satisfy all pockets and tastes,” the announcement said, adding Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos had also said as much in recent statements.
“In almost all of Ayia Napa, set menu prices fall between €10.20 and up to €13.60,” the announcement said, giving examples of three set menus all including starters, main courses and desert.
The announcement also listed a la carte choices including chicken souvlaki with tsatsiki, salad and chips for €7.50, Sirloin Steak with a choice of sauces as well as chips and a side portion of vegetables for €9.95, a pint of beer for €2.80 and local cocktails for €2.
Ayia Napa, as well as its crystal-clear bathing waters and golden beaches, also boasts restaurants with high-quality food and excellent service at very good prices, it said.