Teenager sentenced to 10 years for murder, mugging on Philopappou Hill

Teenager sentenced to 10 years for murder, mugging on Philopappou Hill

A three-member juveniles court on Tuesday sentenced a teenager to 10 years in prison for participating in the robbery and murder of a man during a mugging on Philopappou Hill, central Athens, on August 15 last year.

He received the maximum sentence a juvenile convicted of such a crime can face.

The suspect, a Pakistani citizen, and two other men were accused of the murder of 25-year-old student Nikolas Moustakas, who died after falling off a cliff during the mugging last summer, an incident that drew attention to the inadequate policing of key spots in central Athens.

Speaking during the trial, the defendant said the aim had been to rob, not kill, the 25-year-old student, but he declined to apologize to the relatives of the victim, who were present in the courtroom.

The three suspects were traced by investigators after two German women, who had been mugged in Greece by the same gang, showed police a photo they had managed to take of their assailants.

The two other defendants implicated in the crime – a 28-year-old Pakistani and a 25-year-old Iraqi – remain in jail pending trial.

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