30 Nov, 2012 @ 09:30
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Mentally ill Briton faces prison in Spain

Andrew Dmytruk mentally ill

A BRITISH holidaymaker ‘with a mental age of seven’ faces nine years in prison for starting a Benidorm hotel fire.

Andrew Dmytruk, 51, from Nottingham, was on holiday with his mother when the blaze that left 13 guests in hospital took place.

Prosecutors claim Dmytruk, who has been on remand without trial since 2010, set fire to tables and chairs at the Ambassador hotel.

Campaign group Fair Trials international says the accused ‘has been heavily dependent on his 77-year old mother throughout his adult life’.

“Owing to complications from meningitis that he suffered as a baby, Andrew has the mental age of a young child.” added a spokesman from the group.

James Bryce

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1 Comment

  1. It is important to point out that the Prosecutors have asked for the sentence of 9 years.

    Under Spanish law that is the job of the Prosecutors, as unfortunate as that may seem, especially if you are accustomed to the British legal system.

    It is still a long way from the man actually having to serve 9 years in prison.

    However, if he has been on remand since 2010, that is shameful.

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