The first conviction in Cyprus for bullying - The rationale and the penalties (VIDEO)

The three who were found guilty by the Larnaca District Court for the death of Panagiotis Stefanis, who passed away in April 2019 at the age of 16, are facing up to three years in prison.

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This is a milestone decision, but according to the lawyer of Panagiotis's family, Andrea Christou, it can be suspended with a mitigation of sentence due to the young man of their age.

Speaking on the show Protoselido, Mr. Christou said that the case concerns a case related to bullying and there was evidence of causing death by negligence, however he clarified that this phenomenon has not been criminalized.

An important role will be played by the young man of the age of three at the time in question.

"I consider the young man at the time of the crime to be a mitigating factor for a second chance of the three persons. This will possibly be seen, without prejudice, in the sentence. "If the sentence is up to 3 years in prison, it could be suspended and no one can be taken to the Central Prison," he said.

He added, "We favored the fact that while there was a person in such a state and his life was in danger and while they had to prevent death, they did not. That is the element of negligence. "

Regarding the cases of bullying, Mr. Christou said that it should be criminalized and a legal framework should be established. "This is not just happening among students but it may be the only way to prevent such incidents again," he said.