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Child kidnapper jailed for 16 years

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Larnaca Criminal Court on Wednesday jailed Yiorgos Nicolaou for 16 years for the kidnapping of two school boys on September 25 last year.

Nicolaou pleaded guilty to all four charges, including kidnapping and giving sedatives to the two 11 year olds.

The trial was held behind closed doors because both children are minors

The two boys were kidnapped from the playground of Kamares primary school in Larnaca triggering a massive manhunt.

They were found later the same day at the defendant’s apartment, close to the school. They were unhurt but confused. It later emerged they had been given sedatives.

In passing sentence the court described the crimes as reprehensible.

The court ordered Nicolaou jailed for eight years for sedating the two children. It also handed down to four year jail sentences – four years for kidnapping each child.

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