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Man imprisoned for attacking taxi-driver

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By Antonis Michael

THE 25-year-old man who was involved in the car crash which killed three people in Kato Polemidia on May 27, was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Limassol District court on Tuesday for attacking and injuring a taxi driver in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol, a few hours before the crash.

The 25-year-old, who denied the charges, was found guilty of attacking and causing real bodily harm to the taxi driver. It is noted that during the trial, the taxi driver had asked for his complaint to be withdrawn.

On Saturday, May 27, the 25-year-old was driving a pick-up truck that was involved in a head-on collision with another pick-up in Polemidia, in which three people were killed. They were Andreas Yiasemi and Demetris Savva, both 32, as well as Panayiotis Stefanou, 23.

Police said they established that the suspect had attacked a taxi driver in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol just a few hours before the fatal crash. He had been driving at a slow speed and the taxi driver sounded his horn. This caused the 25-year-old to get out of his car and hit the taxi driver on his face and head through the open front window.

Limassol police said the fatal crash was violent and had been caused by at least one of the two vehicles being driven at high speed and running through a red light.

The 25-year-old denies having run a red light, leading to the crash. A breathalyser test on him at the time gave a reading of 33mg, 11mg over the maximum allowed by law. Police said on Tuesday that the case of the crash was still under investigation.


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