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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Moped pair released from prison ]

Moped pair released from prison

Author: 
Nathan Morley

TWO British men jailed for their part in a fatal collision which left a local teenager dead have been released from prison after serving half of their term.

Michael Binnington and Luke Atkinson were sentenced to three years for culpable manslaughter and one year for grievous bodily harm in a case which shocked the nation when a young teenager was killed after being was rammed off his moped in 2006.

The pair had originally been cleared of blame over the death of 17-year-old Christos Papiris until the Supreme Court in Nicosia overturned the decision in 2008 and sentenced them in their absence.

Their uncle, Julian Harrington, was jailed for 15-years after admitting manslaughter following the horrific incident in 2006.

Papiris was killed and his passenger Marios Demetriou was seriously injured when the car driven by Harrington and carrying Binnington and Atkinson smashed into their moped in Protaras

It was established in court that Harrington set off in pursuit of the moped at 'very high speed' after a brawl outside a nightclub on Protaras High Street, however it was later discovered that Cypriot teenagers had nothing to do with the earlier fight and were targeted mistakenly.

Atkinson and Binnington always insisted that they were only involved 'unwittingly' as back-seat passengers in a highly drunken state, but the court ruled evidence showed the pair had "undoubtedly encouraged" Harrington to pursue the moped to take revenge on the teenagers.

The Home Office confirmed that the pair was released on license on April 28th, having served half of their term.

Georgia Papiris, the mother of the victim said she was not upset by their release: "The main thing for me is that they were found guilty by the court, reported the BBC.

"How many years they were in jail is not for me to know, it is for the judges."

Binnington and Atkinson were transferred to the so-called ‘soft prison at Hollesley Bay, near Woodbridge in Suffolk in February



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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