British hit-and-run motorist, 46, is jailed for 22 years in Cyprus after deliberately knocking man off his bike following row outside nightclub

A British hit-and-run driver has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in Cyprus for causing the death of a man after deliberately knocking him off his bike following a row outside a nightclub.

The 46-year-old unnamed Brit was sentenced on Tuesday for the manslaughter of Ioannis Polycarpou in Paphos in January 2023.

According to local reports, Polycarpou was at a local club in Paphos on January 21 when he got into a row with the Briton.

The row escalated dramatically as the night went on. After leaving the nightclub, Polycarpou was riding his motorcycle down Tomsbs of the Kings avenue in Paphos when a car slammed into the back of his motorcycle.

Polycarpou was knocked off before the British driver fled the scene.

He was rushed to Paphos General Hospital but was tragically pronounced dead on arrival.

Hours later, the British man was found by police driving in his car, which reportedly had damage to it from the previous night’s collision with the biker.

He is said to have tried to cover it up with spray paint. He was also tested for narcotics, which came out positive.

The Brit was arrested and has remained in custody since his arrest.

He was initially charged with premeditated murder, but the charges were later reduced to manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a heated row that led him to intentionally strike motorcyclist Polycarpou.

The tragic incident comes two years after another British man was sentenced to two and a half years in a Cypriot prison after being accused of running down and killing a Swedish mother whilst driving a beach buggy in the holiday party town of Ayia Napa, and then fleeing the scene.

Manraj Singh Sidhu, 25, appeared in court for allegedly killing Camilla Christina Pamdahl, 46, who suffered multiple injuries after being hit on a pedestrian crossing.

The man was allegedly five times over the legal drink-drive limit and had cannabis in his blood when he ran the woman down.

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