Teacher’s two-month sentence for high speed hit-and-run smash ’embarrassing’ | #teacher | #children | #kids


The mother of a West End make-up artist killed by a teacher in a high speed hit-and-run in Qatar has labelled the driver’s two-month prison sentence as “pitiful and embarrassing”.

Rafaelle Tsakanika, known by her friends and family as Raffy, died in a two-car crash near Doha on March 30 2019 shortly after her killer Mubarak Al Hajri was captured “racing” at 119mph.

Court documents, seen by the PA news agency, show the 21-year-old victim was the passenger in a Toyota Land Cruiser which “flipped over several times” and resulted in her and her 20-year-old friend being “thrown” out of the car.

Raffy Tsakanika

Witnesses described Al Hajri’s driving as “reckless”, with one man telling officers he tried to catch up with him after he started to “race” another car.

The Qatari courts eventually convicted the 46-year-old of causing Raffy’s death, causing serious injuries to her friend, driving in a way that endangered lives, fleeing the scene of an accident, and speeding.

He was sentenced to just two months in prison and ordered to pay compensation to Raffy’s family, who believe he is yet to serve any of his sentence.

Almost two years on from her death, the make-up artist’s family, who are being represented by spokesman Radd Seiger have now called for the case to be reviewed.

Rafaelle Tsakanika

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office told Raffy’s family a diplomatic note had been sent to Qatari officials requesting a meeting about the case.

Speaking to PA about how she found out about the death of her daughter, former tour guide Jo Sullivan said she had searched the local hospital as police initially told her they had no information to assist.

Mrs Sullivan, from Cambridge, eventually found her daughter after attending the mortuary.

Recalling how she felt when she saw Raffy, she said: “I just passed out but I was still standing.

Raffy Tsakanika

“I could remember just screaming ‘no, it can’t be Raff’.

“That was the beginning of a two-year ordeal.”

Mrs Sullivan said during one of her many trips to Qatar’s Public Prosecution offices, a man had told her: “You need to stop doing this now, it was an accident, it was God’s will, just move on.”



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