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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 20:05 GMT
Tory MP guilty over road death
Julian Brazier
Brazier was driving on the wrong side of the road
Conservative MP Julian Brazier has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence after a motorcyclist died in a crash in Italy.

Brazier, MP for Canterbury, was also banned from driving for six months, on Thursday.

He said he accepted the sentence and that he hoped to put the matter behind him.

He was asked not to attend the hearing at the Italian court and learned of the outcome in a fax from his lawyer.


I cannot bring Mr Civitelli back, but I hope to put this matter behind me

Julian Brazier MP
Brazier said he fully respected the verdict of the Italian court over the accident in which motorcyclist Carlo Civitelli was killed.

The crash happened while he was on holiday in Italy last year.

In a statement Brazier said: "I am still deeply saddened by the tragic consequences of my lapse of attention.

"My thoughts are with the Civitelli family whose reaction to the whole terrible business has been so generous.

"I cannot bring Mr Civitelli back, but I hope to put this matter behind me."

Brazier said the court had accepted his "parteggiamento" plea.

It has no UK equivalent, but means "petition for negotiation" and can only be entered under certain circumstances and with the permission of the prosecution.

Mr Civitelli died after he collided with Brazier's car on 29 August, which was travelling on the wrong side of the road, near Siena.

In the wake of the crash Brazier arranged for a brain surgeon to be flown to Italy, but the motorcyclist died before he arrived.


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