27yr old Larnaca man jailed for doctors assault

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27yr old Larnaca man jailed for doctors assault
Added: 09-11-2017 20:16

A 27yr old Larnaca resident was sentenced today by the District Court of Larnaca for assaulting two doctors at the Larnaca General Hospital.

The court imposed a three month prison sentence on Marios Christou plus an additional three months which had been suspended following another assault in 2016.

According to police, the 27-year-old man visited the hospital’s emergency department on 25th October at around 7.20pm because of a pain in his leg.

At 7.45pm he returned from the Radiology department and without apparent reason, he started to shout and swear at staff, throwing his mobile phone at a doctor. He then hit another doctor who had bent down to pick up the phone. The man eventually left the department along with a friend who was accompanying him.

A warrant was issued against the attacker and he was arrested at 6.30am on Thursday 26th October.

Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides condemned the incident saying:
It is a shame to see such incidents against people who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to serve their fellow humans,” he said.

The minister added that "society, in general, must take a hard look at the issue".

Pamborides said the state has decided to install security cameras at emergency departments and hire private security guards to assist police in their work. The authorities were also considering amending the law to introduce stricter penalties for such attacks.

Author: NewsinCyprus.com
Added: 09-11-2017

27yr old Larnaca man jailed for doctors assault

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