Lawyer Julia Pletnev, protecting Elena Zaitsev, accused in an accident in the center of Kharkov, which in October 2017, six people were killed, asked to commute the sentence of his client. It is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.
“I ask to mitigate the sentence (the court of first instance) in terms of sentencing,” said Pletnev in a meeting of the Kharkiv court of appeal on Wednesday.
She said that requests to sentence Zaitseva in the form of 5 years of imprisonment with deprivation of the right of management by vehicles for 2 years, and assign a probationary period at the discretion of the court.
According to counsel, the degree of fault of its client is less than the second accused in the accident Gennady Dronova, so Pletneva thinks that reparations to victims must not be severally as decided by the court of first instance and of equity, and Zaitsev shall reimburse 30% of the damage, and reimbursement of 70% should be assigned to Dronova.
While Pletnev noted that Zaitsev does not absolve themselves of guilt, which “consists in speeding”. The lawyer stressed several times that the car Dronova rammed the car Zaitseva, what led to the deadly consequences of the accident.
Citing the need to mitigate punishment of the defendant, counsel also referred to the state of her health. Pletnev says that Zaitsev could not obtain the necessary treatment in the prison. In addition, the lawyer pointed to the fact that the first instance court in sentencing did not take into account extenuating circumstances (repentance and voluntary restitution).
Zaitseva supported the demands of his lawyer.
As reported, the evening of the 18th October 2017 at the crossroads of Sumskaya street and alley in the near Kharkiv Lexus RX running 20-year-old Elena Zaitseva, moving on prohibiting traffic light, collided with a car Volkswagen Touareg under the baton of Gennady Dronova. As a result of collision the Lexus took off on the sidewalk and made arrival on 11 walkers, 5 of whom died on the spot (4 girls and a young man). Another girl died from his injuries in hospital on October 26.