A Roma couple had been convicted in the first degree after the death of their 53-day-old baby – They were acquitted and are appealing to Justice.
Unanimously innocentdue to doubtswere judged by the Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Thessaloniki a man and a woman who they were convicted at first instance for fatal exposure of their newborn baby.
The case concerns the death of a 53-day-old boy who died in 2014 at the Katerinis hospital. The medical examiner’s report spoke of malnutrition and thus his Roma parents were accused of the death of their child.
In 2017, the Small Jury of Thessaloniki sentenced them to eight years in prison, while deciding that the appeal would not have a suspensory effect. So the two of them found themselves in prison, serving their sentence.
Now, as he says in Voria.gr The the couple’s lawyer, Paschalis Hatzigontzioswill appeal to the Court against the first instance decision for unfair detention as according to him, “the incidents were not assessed correctly”.
The parents believe that this decision kept them away from the rest of their nine children, who, while they were imprisoned, grew up alone in a camp in Katerini.
The couple welcomed their baby at the end of June 2014. The unfortunate baby boy could not keep the food he was receiving from either breast feeding or formula and was constantly vomiting and defecating.
The baby was transferred to Katerinis hospital and then to AHEPA, where they provided him with serum. Every time the baby was released from the hospital, he would have the same problem again, causing him to be weak and sick, and he would be treated again, without determining whether he had any particular condition. Fifty-three days after his birth, he ended up in Katerinis hospital.