Norwich driver faces Rhodes trial five years after crash

Matthew Stevenson is to go on trial in Rhodes and his wife Sandra is to be a witness

A hospital worker from Norfolk involved in a road crash in Rhodes nearly five years ago has been told he is to be prosecuted by the Greek authorities.

Matthew Stevenson first heard he faced trial when his wife Sandra received a summons to be a witness.

Weeks later he received a letter in Greek which said he was to go on trial on 31 May this year.

He has written to the public prosecutor in Rhodes to find out the exact charge he faces but has had no reply so far.

Mr Stevenson's hire car was in collision with a motorbike. The motorcyclist suffered a broken leg.

Legal time limit

Mr Stevenson, who works as an operating theatre orderly at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said he would have to defend himself at trial as he cannot afford a lawyer.

The accident happened four years and 10 months ago and Greek law puts a five year limit on bringing cases to court.

Mr Stevenson said the crash happened at an unmarked road junction.

"My wife got help to call the emergency services and informed the rental company whose office was close by.

"I tended to the motorcyclist whilst waiting for some considerable time for an ambulance to arrive, he appeared comfortable and pain free," he said.

Accident black spot in Rhodes The stretch of road where the crash happened is regarded as an accident black spot in Rhodes

The couple were taken to a police station where the car rental representative provided translations and Mr Stevenson passed a breathalyser test.

"The police officer and car rental representative told us the junction was a known accident black spot," he said.

"It had been the scene of numerous accidents and the local authority had been asked to make the junction safe by placing road signs and laying down road markings. But it had neglected to do so.

"We were released without any accusation or charge and free to go with no further action."

Jail sentence

Insurance details were logged, a replacement car was provided and they finished their holiday.

The couple say they are beside themselves with stress since the letters arrived.

Mr Stevenson has found out he could faces three years in jail for a motoring offence involving a personal injury, but still has to discover the exact charges against him.

Meanwhile he is in contact with his MP Simon Wright (Lib Dem, Norwich South) and has appealed to other prominent figures in the hope of getting help in his case.

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