Thursday, May 16, 2013

Greece: Update--Dutch Assailant, 20, of Russian Boy, 11, Could Face 20 Years in Prison

As a follow-up to my posting of  May 15, Greek physicians have reported that Nikita Onishchenko, 11, a Russian youth that was visiting Greece with his parents on Crete, who was stabbed upwards of 20 times by a Dutch hotel employee who had stolen the youth's laptop and mobile phone, may soon be able to be medically evacuated back home.

According to the boy's surgeons in Athens, he may well be stabilized sufficiently to travel home within the next 48 hours.

The Dutch national, employed by the five-star hotel that the Russian family was staying at, has been charged with attempted murder.

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.

The Russian Embassy in Athens is also contemplating hiring legal counsel to help with the prosecution of the assailant.

COMMENT: As this posting is filed, it is unclear as to exactly what felonies the assailant will be charged with, yet the defendant no doubt will face 20+ years in prison.

At this time, the defendant has been remanded into custody of the Hellenic National Police and is scheduled to appear in court on May 20.

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