News Local Russian involved in fatal collision pleads not guilty to manslaughter

Russian involved in fatal collision pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A 50 year old Russian involved in a fatal collision which killed 27 year old Panayiotis Christoforou appeared before Limassol Criminal Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the other charges   — causing death by reckless action, driving in a way which endangers life, driving under the influence of alcohol and violating a traffic signal.

The court set the case for June 29, 30 and July 1. The defendant remains in custody.

Relatives and friends of the victim gathered outside the court this morning wearing black and holding signs asking for justice for Panayiotis.

The fatal accident occurred at around 1 am on November 28 near Moutayiaka on the Nicosia-Limassol highway when the car driven by the defendant rammed into the back of the car driven by Christoforou, killing the father of a young child instantly.

A police reconstruction of the accident indicates he was driving between 180 and 190 km an hour.

Blood tests had shown a high level of alcohol and traces of sleeping pills in the Russian’s blood.

Tests on the victim showed no trace of alcohol or other substances.

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.

He was arrested immediately after the accident but was hospitalised for his injuries. He was arrested again soon after his release from hospital for manslaughter.

A post-mortem examination carried out on the victim showed horrific injuries from the violent collision – including a severed thoracic aorta, fractures in the neck and spine and multiple ruptures of the lungs.

Russian involved in fatal collision was driving at 180-190 km per hour



Top Stories

126 new cases, two deaths announced on Monday

The Health Ministry announced the death of two persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 188,...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Tuesday, 26 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Tuesday, 26 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Church of Panagia Chrysaifyliotissa, Agia Fyla 08:30-16:30 Church of Panagia Evangelistria,...

Cyprus government aims at gradual lifting of restrictive measures

The Cyprus government aims at the gradual lifting of restrictive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the context of a concrete plan, with...

Shot flamingo found in Paralimni lake

Birdlife Cyprus announced that a flamingo was found wounded in the Lake of Paralimni. Members managed to save the bird and take it to a...

Epidemiologists agree to include colchicine in treatment protocol

The scientific team of the Health Ministry is ready to include colchicine in the treatment protocol to face COVID-19, Konstantinos Tsioutis, assistant professor of...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...