By Evie Andreou
A 48-year-old man who drove into the back of a car causing the death of its driver, 25, was referred for trial before the Criminal Court on Tuesday, faced with 18 charges, including manslaughter.
The first hearing is scheduled for December 16.
The other charges Yiannis Kyriakides faces include causing death due to reckless and dangerous behaviour. Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.
Kyriakides caused the death of Stefanos Georgiou at the end of last month, when the BMW X6 he was driving slammed violently into the back of the victim’s car, stationary at a red light on the Limassol coast road.
Test results showed that the suspect had been driving under the influence of cocaine, cannabis and alcohol, sources told the Cyprus Mail.
Tuesday’s hearing took place in hospital, where Kyriakides has been treated for a leg fracture since the October 30 incident.
He was released on Sunday after his remand expired but the district court put him under police guard anew on Tuesday until the start of the trial.
The court upheld a request by the prosecution, which argued that he was considered a flight risk due to the severity of the penalty if convicted and his record. In addition to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the suspect has no licence, and has another case pending against him for speeding. He had also given police a fake name following the accident.
Kyriakides, a taxi driver, had been given a two-month suspended sentence earlier this year for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. Both his professional and personal driver’s licences had been revoked for six months.
Kyriakides’ lawyer objected to the detention and expressed his client’s willingness to submit as a bail the title deeds to immovable property he owns, be placed on a list of people banned from travelling and report to a police station on a daily basis.
His lawyer said the suspect had already handed over his identity card to police but could not locate his passport.