Monday, 2 July 2012

And if I should chance to run over a cad


Former TV showman Serban Huidu, charged with manslaughter after he caused a road accident with three fatalities last October, was sentenced by the Brasov Tribunal to 2 years and a half in prison on Friday, but the court released him on probation.
Magistrates also ordered Huidu to pay court expenses worth RON 300 and decided that he will be returned the SUV involved in the crash near Timisul de Sus (Brasov County).

Please can someone tell me how many people have been killed on Romanian roads by well-connected people who were let off with suspended sentences? I have not been keeping count over the last fourteen years.

Carmen Paunescu, wife of poet and fascist politician Adrian Paunescu, ran down and killed three innocent people and got a suspended sentence. 

TV star Bogdan Vladau got away with killing a pregnant woman

The son of a politician killed someone but the details are hazy.

There were others I think.

Away from the wheel of a car, Adrian Iovan, the husband of fashion designer Romanita Iovan, shot dead an intruder in their house one night and was not brought to trial.

Arthur Hugh Clough's lines come to mind, though I am not sure whether Carmen Paunescu or Serban Huidu paid very much money to the families of their victims.

I drive through the streets, and I care not a d—n;

The people they stare, and they ask who I am;

And if I should chance to run over a cad,

I can pay for the damage if ever so bad.

So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!

So pleasant it is to have money.

1 comment:

  1. This decision is hardly a surprise, as all similar cases have been judged in a similar manner for the past years :-(

    Instead of imposing tough sentenced on murderous drivers, the Romanian reformed judiciary is turning Adrian Năstase into a 'victim'...

    Not that the former PM couldn't have been convicted of many crimes, but his 7/8-year long trial and sentencing was a masquarade.