Man fined over Brit teenager's jet-ski death

A Cypriot man who illegally hired out a jet ski to a British schoolboy, who then crashed it, killing his girlfriend, has been fined £523.

Hannah Sutton, 16, of Alderley Edge in Cheshire, suffered massive head injuries when her boyfriend James Dudley, also 16, from Colwyn Bay in north Wales crashed into her while the pair rode on jet-skis in Pissouri in Cyprus in the summer of 2005.

Aristos Ioannou, 30, was found guilty of allowing James to use the water bike, even though he was under the legal age of 18, at Limassol District Court on Tuesday.

His father, Christakis Ioannou, 46, was cleared of the same offence.

Both had been accused of failing to ask the teenagers for passports. The court heard how only Aristos Ioannou was at the beachside hut when the teenagers came to hire the bikes.

Both men continue to run Chris Watersports on the beach in Pissouri.

Following the accident, James was briefly jailed but was later released when he admitted causing Hannah's death. He was also fined £2,000 by a court.

However, Hannah's family said that they did not hold him responsible for her death, but blamed those who had allowed the teenagers to hire the bikes.

An inquest into Hannah's death recorded a verdict of 'accidental death'. The inquest, held in January, heard of the "woefully inadequate" instructions the youngsters were given on how to ride the bikes.


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