Cyprus developer appears in court

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Accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Conor O’Dwyer, property developer Christoforos Karayiannas and others appeared in the Famagusta District Court yesterday

THE ASSAULT case involving a Cyprus property developer and Conor O’Dwyer finally got underway at the Famagusta District Court yesterday, with judge Evi Antoniou presiding.

The case concerns an alleged attack on Mr O’Dwyer by a local property developer, Christoforos Karayiannas, his son Marios and a third unnamed man causing him grievous bodily harm. The alleged incident took place more than a year ago in the village of Frenaros near Ayia Napa and resulted in Mr O’Dwyer being hospitalised for six days.

Earlier proceedings were postponed after defence lawyers expressed concerns that it was being secretly tape-recorded. And when the case restarted on April 30th, it was postponed yet again when one of the defendants failed to appear.

Yesterday, the court heard Conor O’Dwyer describe details of his alleged beating and the Police presented several items of blood stained clothing O’Dwyer was wearing during the alleged assault.

Conor O'Dwyer pictured in hospital following the alleged assault
Conor O’Dwyer pictured in hospital following the alleged assault

The dispute that led to the alleged assault centres on the cancellation of Mr O’Dwyer’s contract by the property developers some half way through payment, even though the house that he and his wife had bought in Frenaros was already registered in his name at the Land Registry.

O’Dwyer had complained because he said the developers were not keeping to the original plans he was paying for. They then cancelled the contact accusing him of not paying the next instalment. The developers then sold the house to someone else, telling O’Dwyer they were keeping his £75,000 sterling for damages.

Countering Mr O’Dwyer claims, a statement from the developers alleged that O’Dwyer had masterminded a plan to extort a newer more expensive property and exorbitant damages from the company.

“After the cancellation of the contract, Mr. O’Dwyer set his plan in motion seeking for his revenge. A revenge originating from the fact that the value of the house he would have bought increased due to the current value housing boom.”

Mr O’Dwyer has published details of his dispute on a website at and last year spent 74 nights camping outside the Cyprus High Commission in London in his quest for justice.

The court case against the three accused continues tomorrow.

By: Nigel Howarth Published: Thursday 7th May 2009
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