Final arguments will be heard on October 13 and the sentence passed later.
Speaking to reporters after court, Themistocleous said he fully respected the decision that found him guilty of three charges but said he would be appealing the case.
Last year, the supreme court lifted his parliamentary immunity so that he could be tried for speeding offences which took place on April 4, 2015 when he was caught driving his car at a speed of 172 km/h – 72km over the legal limit.
On February 12, 2015 he was caught doing 170km/h, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014 where he also faced charges for violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.
He was found guilty for speeding on two occasions and for violating a traffic signal.
It appeared Themistocleous had made matters worse for himself when stopped by officers as he had apparently displayed inappropriate behaviour.
Police reports indicated that on numerous occasions, he had invoked his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.
“We think that the behaviour, words and deeds, attributed to the defendant, leaves no room for different treatment,” other than to lift his immunity, the supreme court said at the time.
Police also cited traffic offences between 1993 and 2011, and 21 between 2003 and 2015.
The most recent road fatality along the 11km Astromeritis to Evrychou road occured on Friday and saw 21-year-old Astromeritis resident Pantelis Demou killed when his car overturned.
His death prompted a renewed call for action and the creation of a proper motorway (as opposed to the single carriageway) in the area between Astromeritis and Evrychou and particularly including the perilous 11km stretch between Astromeritis and Atsas.
Communications Minister Marios Demetriades on Tuesday promised residents of the area that he would by the end of this year “instruct the Finance Mnsitry to include the project in the State Budget” for 2019.
Parts of Larnaca’s motorways will be closed on August and September weekdays for gardening works on the greenery of the central section, the works ministry said on Wednesday. According to the ministry, forestry department crews will be closing down parts of the right lanes – 1.5 kilometres each time – to prune, water and spray […]
Drivers going through the Limassol-Paphos tunnel will need to go easy on the gas next week, as the r
The inconvenience to the public should be weighed up against the benefits for Nicosia and Cyprus in general from the staging of the Cyprus Rally, the organising committee of the even said on Thursday. “The inconvenience to the public should be contrasted with the enormous benefits for Nicosia and Cyprus in general from the organisation […]
Streets in the capital were jam packed with cars Wednesday afternoon as main roads were closed between 3.30pm and 7:00pm for a trial run for a special stage of the Cyprus Rally which starts on Friday. “Oh my god!” said a frustrated Lara Jones, speaking to the Cyprus Mail. “How do they manage this […]