Killed two Italian sailors by running them over with speedboat. Croatian tycoon convicted (finally)

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Horvatincic
One can syndicate that four years and ten months in prison (without the benefit of parole) is short, but justice, at last, has run its course
. Croatian tycoon Tomislav Horvatincic has been convicted by the court in Šibenik, Croatia, of causing the 2011 deaths of two Paduan sailors, Francesco Salpietro (60) and Marinelda Patella (60), by hitting their sailboat (the Grand Soleil 39 Santa Pazienza) by speedboat. (cover image http://www.jutarnji.hr/)

The destroyed Santa Pazienza
Mr. and Mrs. Salpietro and their boat (photo Il Mattino)

Wealthy developer Horvatincic was not present in the courtroom during the reading of the verdict in what was the third trial against him, after the previous two were overturned on appeal.

The first guilty verdict, issued in 2015, had been overturned due to procedural flaws, while the second time, in November 2017, the entrepreneur had been acquitted: the court had ruled that Horvatinčić had been unable to do anything to prevent the collision between his speedboat (an Itama 40 Open) and the boat because he was struck by syncope within seconds of the impact. Very weak thesis and sentence that had caused a stir in Croatia.

Following the acquittal, the couple’s son, Federico Salpietro, had also sent us a lengthy letter retracing the tragedy, which we recommend you read to understand the dynamics of the accident and the subsequent court steps.

HERE FEDERICO SALPIETRO’S LETTER

HERE WE HAD TOLD YOU ABOUT THE ACQUITTAL

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