My mother a lively 82-year -old , a prolific poet and artist who had a lot more to give to her 8 children 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren was killed on Saturday by a tourist who was driving on the opposite side of the road. He also injured my father who is in a critical condition whilst also injuring a 5-year-old boy and a 23-year-old young girl.
The Tourist admitted causing death by reckless driving and will be sentenced, most likely this week and it is anticipated that the sentence will be a fine on the payment of which he will be allowed to leave Cyprus. The main mitigating factor which as I am informed the court has taken into account in previous cases is that in his country they drive on that side of the road.
Where is the deterrent effect of such a sentence?
Would the sentence be heavier if the tourist was British, or Japanese? Would the same treatment be afforded to a Cypriot who causes death in Italy?
There will remain a deep sense of injustice to the tens of relatives and the hundreds of friends of my mother if indeed the crime of causing such an untimely death is a monetary one which will give the impression that tourists are above the law and that they can kill, pay, and set free.
George Georgallis, Limassol