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Cyprus Internet Directory [ ‘I’d have to have been William Tell to hit him in such a crowd’ ]

‘I’d have to have been William Tell to hit him in such a crowd’

A 27-YEAR-OLD man yesterday told the court he would “have had to have been William Tell” to have made the shot that left a 30-year-old man seriously injured when a broken glass was hurled into his face.

The 27-year-old, who stands accused of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), earnestly denied his involvement in the 2006 incident at a Nicosia nightclub.

Standing in the dock in a fitted, pale yellow T-shirt, the stocky defendant tried to convince the court that he would have had to have been the Swiss folk hero, known as an expert marksman with the crossbow, to have come anywhere close to hitting the older man.

“That night I was standing here and he was standing there,” he said, indicating a distance of a good three to four metres between him and the victim. “I’d have to have been William Tell to hit him in such a crowd.”

The suspect told the court he had thrown nothing at the victim, even though “when there’s a fight those [people] around throw things”.

His insinuation was that anyone could have thrown the object that left the 30-year-old with a split nose.

“I’m telling you what normally happens in situations like this,” the 27-year-old told the state prosecutor.

The latter explained other situations did not interest her, only the night in question did.

“I didn’t notice if anyone threw things,” he replied.

The suspect suggested he had been victimised by the 30-year-old’s brother and ex-girlfriend, who both fingered him as the attacker, because “perhaps they thought they could get money from me, because I happen to be a bit rich to tell you (sic)”.

He even claimed the 30-year-old had spoken to him before testifying recently. He said the latter had told him that he had no fight with him and that all he wanted was compensation to cover his expenses and some additional funds, although the 27-year-old couldn’t recall the amount.

He said the 30-year-old’s family and friends had initially accused his younger brother of the attack and then another friend, before pinning the assault on him.

“If they had really have known who it was they wouldn’t have left [the scene that night]. They would have stayed and beat him black and blue,” he said.

Speaking in a thick voice with a Cypriot dialect, the 27-year-old also made a point of suggesting the police were friends of the victim’s and that they spoke to each other using familiarities.

When asked if he thought the authorities were in on a conspiracy to pin the attack on him in the name of friendship, the defendant quickly backtracked and said he was saying no such thing, only that the CID investigators seemed to know the victim.

During his cross-examination the defendant fluctuated between being able to remember the 2006 incident clearly and having a hazy memory of what happened.

“Three years have gone by, I don’t remember now what I said,” he often said.

The 27-year-old said the fight had started when a misunderstanding ensued between his brother and another man. The row somehow escalated to an adjacent table where the victim and his friends were sitting and the 30-year-old ended up with a bloody nose.

He said all his friends denied throwing the object that injured the 30-year-old and that no one had seen anything. The 27-year-old also said the victim had actually asked him outside the club if he had been the one to hurt him.

The state prosecutor pointed out this information was not included in his original written statement to police. The defendant then suggested that perhaps the officer had omitted to include it in the statement.

The hearing continues today.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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