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Charlie witness says it was no accident

Created on 11/06/2019 @ 22:52
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The trial of the man accused of killing Welshpool man Charlie Birch (pictured) and injuring his friend Will Pritchard by hitting them in his car has resumed in Cyprus this week with an expert witness saying it was no accident.

The Cyprus Mail is reporting that Polycarpos Moutzouri, a 27-year veteran of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, testified that there was no way the suspect, Georgian man Demetrios Elidzides, 35, did not see the two Britons ahead on the road on the night of the incident.

Moutzouris, as quoted in the Court, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow specialising in light measurement.

He told the Paphos court that the intensity of the light was such that the driver easily had the ability to distinguish pedestrians at a distance of 60 metres as there were two street lights in the spot. Even in black clothes, a pedestrian could be detected by a driver, he said.

The witness said that on June 27, three days after the incident between the hours of 11.25pm and 11.40pm, he conducted an on-site visit to check the intensity of the light.

He said the distance between the poles was 25 metres and there were 150W high-pressure sodium lamps installed. Even though with the naked eye, it appeared the intensity of the light was satisfactory in the spot, he used a special instrument to measure the brightness and it was all up to standards, he said.

The witness also said that according to EAC monitoring reports, the two street lights had come on at 8.22pm on the night of June 23, and were put out at 5:05am on June 24, meaning they were fully functional when the pedestrians were hit by the car.

Elidzides is accused of murdering Charlie, 39, and of the attempted murder of Will, 32.

The suspect previously pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in what authorities believe was a deliberate assault following an earlier altercation in Coral Bay. He has also denied an attempted murder charge.

Police said they received a call at 2.30am on the morning of June 24 informing them that two men, pedestrians, were lying injured on the road.

At the scene they found Charlie was already dead with Will injured next to him.

The car, which was driven by the suspect who also had his girlfriend with him, was later found abandoned at the Ayios Georghios harbour. It was in the sea and had to be pulled out by the fire service.

The suspect and his girlfriend left the harbour on foot and were picked up on the road shortly afterwards by police. Police suspect that dumping the car in the sea was an attempt to conceal evidence. The woman was released after being questioned.

The trial will continue on June 18.

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