The Malta Independent 6 June 2023, Tuesday
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Driver pleads guilty to causing death of pedestrian

Monday, 28 January 2019, 17:21 Last update: about 5 years ago

A driver has been placed on probation after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of a pedestrian in St. Julian's.

Vladimirs Puzanovs was charged with having on 16 December in St.Andrew's road St Julian's, negligently caused the death of Luc Clous. He was further accused of dangerous and reckless driving and of failing to a stop after an accident and speeding.

Puzanovs pleaded guilty as charged, but in finding the man guilty the court also took into account the fact that the family of the deceased were not insisting on a custodial sentence. The man's probation officer had likewise suggested that a community service order would do more good than were he to go to jail.


The court observed that a number of witnesses had testified to seeing the victim crossing the road and had not realised that Clous had been hit.

Poor street lighting, the position of trees along the road and adverse weather were all factored in to the court's reasoning. In addition, magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech noted that the victim had crossed just 9 metres from a pedestrian crossing, was wearing black and was both drunk and had used cannabis at the time of his death.

"Whereas these findings in no way detract from the culpability of the accused, they must be taken into account when calibrating the punishment which is to be meted out. Sight cannot be lost of the fact that a human life was lost; a loss which could have been averted had the accused exercised due prudence and caution whilst driving the vehicle in the obtaining circumstances and in the conditions mention of which has already been made above."

in view of this the court sentenced the accused to community service for 450 hours.

Puzanovs was also placed under a psychiatric treatment order for 2 years and disqualified from driving also for 2 years. He was ordered to bear the costs of the case.

Inspector Trevor Micallef prosecuted. Lawyer Joe Giglio was defence counsel to Puzanovs.

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