Trial in O’Dwyer assault case begins

Cyprus Mail

THE HIGH profile Conor O’Dwyer assault case finally got underway at Famagusta District Court yesterday.

The case revolves around claims that a local property developer, his son and another man caused grievous bodily harm to O’Dwyer following an incident outside a disputed house on January 13 last year.

O’Dwyer, 39, took the stand and vividly described details of his alleged beating in the village of Freneros.

Police also presented several items of blood stained clothing O’Dwyer was wearing during the alleged assault.

Speaking after proceedings, O’Dwyers lawyer Yiannos Georgiades said it had been “a good day for Conor”.

Judge Evi Antoniou asked for time to consider a request from O’Dwyers legal team to submit evidence recorded on a DVD disc.

O’Dwyer, who had flown to Cyprus to be present at yesterday, spent a week in Larnaca hospital after the alleged attack in January 2008.

O’Dwyer claims he purchased a property in 2005 that was then was resold without his knowledge by the developers, resulting in him losing the house and £100,000 he had paid for the property.

In a rare public statement last year, the developers accused O’Dwyer of allegedly masterminding a plan to extort a newer, more expensive property, and exorbitant damages from the company.

The company also added that they had “failed to adhere to his blackmail requests“.

The case is unusual as every twist and turn in the saga has been published online on his website, which has recorded tens of thousands of hits over the past year.

Last year O’Dwyer began protesting about his plight outside the Cyprus High Commission, spending 74 nights sleeping in a tiny tent on the streets of London.

The case will continue on Friday.

By Nathan Morley Published on May 7, 2009
Cyprus Mail