A 50-year-old Russian driver involved in a violent collision which resulted in the death of 27-year-old Panayiotis Christoforou from Ypsonas will stand trial for manslaughter on March 31 next year. He will remain in custody until then.
The man, who tests have shown was highly intoxicated and had also taken sleeping pills, appeared before Limassol district court on Friday which ordered he be referred direct to stand trial before the Criminal Court on March 31.
Police asked the court the man remain in police custody until his trial. His lawye objected and the court heard arguments from both sides before ruling in favour of the police request..
The Russian was first remanded in custody for six days last Saturday. The fatal accident occurred at around 1 am on November 28 near Moutayiaka on the Nicosia-Limassol highway when the car driven by the suspect rammed into the back of Christoforou’s car at great speed. The 27 year old father of a young child was killed instantly.
Philenews said that the results of blood tests showed 243 mg of alcohol in the Russian’s blood. The legal limit in blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The tests also detected sleeping pills in the Russian driver’s blood.
Reports said that the Russian had been at a party and was taken home by friends because he was intoxicated. But a little later, he took his second car and caused the collision.
Tests on the victim showed no trace of alcohol or other substances, philenews added.
The 50-year-old had initially told police that he had no recollection of the accident, but after his arrest for manslaughter opted to exercise his right to remain silent revealing nothing concerning the events before the accident or any other relevant information.
He was arrested immediately after the accident but was hospitalised for his injuries. He was arrested again soon after his release from hospital on Friday for manslaughter.
A post-mortem examination carried out on the victim last week showed horrific injuries from the violent collision – including a severed thoracic aorta, fractures in the neck and spine and multiple ruptures of the lungs.