Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Greece: Update--Assailant's Mother Who Attacked Russian Tourist,11, Contends Her Son is Autistic

As a follow-up to my posting of May 16, the mother of Dutch national Sirin Shriver, 20, Alexandra Schriver, said that her son was working at a five-star hotel on Crete when he attacked the Russian youth with a knife, stabbing him some 20 times, ostensibly for his laptop and mobile. She emphasized that her son is autistic and is subject to mental defects.

Ms. Schriver arrived on Crete to testify on her son's behalf. Her arrival was delayed by an air traffic controllers strike.

As previously reported, Greek physicians have reported that Nikita Onishchenko, who was visiting Crete with his parents, may soon be able to be medically evacuated back home.
The 20-year-old assailant, who has confessed to his crime, said he was planning to bury the boy's body after stabbing him multiple times with a knife.

COMMENT: The defendant has already appeared in court (May 20) and could face upwards of 20 years in prison, unless, of course, his condition is determined to be a mitigating circumstance.

As I said in my previous posting, violent people can be found in all nations, which is why parents traveling abroad with young children must be particularly vigilant, even in countries that may at first blush be viewed as low-risk. 

Sirin Shriver began working at the Laguna Hotel only a few days before the attack occurred. He has been charged with attempted murder, illegal possession and use of weapons, as well as theft. 

It is unknown as to why the defendant was permitted to work on Crete alone and without close supervision and monitoring, which could become a liability factor for his employer during his prosecution.