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Driver guilty of manslaughter for fatal accident in landmark ruling

In a landmark decision on Thursday, the Limassol Criminal Court for the first time in Cyprus found a defendant guilty of manslaughter for causing a fatal traffic accident.

The defendant, 50-year-old Ioannis Kyriakides was found guilty on a total of 19 charges brought against him for causing the death of 25-year-old Stephanos Georgiou from Kolossi, Limassol on October 30, 2015.

Of the 19 charges, Kyriakides pleaded guilty to 16 but did not accept the charges of manslaughter, driving under the influence of drugs and speeding.

Georgiou was killed during the early hours of October 30, 2015, when Kyriakides drove his car into the back of Georgiou’s which had stopped at traffic light in the area of Enaerios in Limassol.

Georgiou was catapulted 33 metres from the force of the crash before hitting a street lamp. His death was instantaneous.

In its decision, the Court announced that the accused, while driving at a high speed and under the influence of alcohol and drugs had turned his vehicle into a murderous weapon.

The mitigation hearing for the accused will be held on July 17.

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