THESSALONIKI – A 26-year-old Spanish tourist convicted of attacking a disabled man in a beef over a parking spot was given a six-month suspended sentence and won’t go to jail, essentially receiving no punishment.
He wasn’t identified but the victim – Yiannis Kastouras, 59, was and told a three-member court in Greece’s second-largest city that he was attacked in a dispute over the tourism taking a spot reserved for the physically disabled, and that a 56-year-old trying to help was also assaulted.
State broadcaster ERT reported the incident and said the tourist was convicted of using threats, insults and causing bodily harm but walked away free after that.
Kastouras told the media that, “I honked my horn and waited for the driver to come out, who turned out to be eating with a friend in a nearby restaurant. When the 26-year-old driver came out he responded to me that he parks wherever he wants and when he realized that I called the police, he and a friend started banging on the hood of my car and they also grabbed my cell phone.”
Big tourism numbers for Greece during the waning COVID-19 pandemic has also brought some big headaches, including violence, price gouging and areas overrun with people.