A vic­tim’s re­ac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

Dim­itrios ( Jim) Tsilavis Mo­tor­bike rider in­jured by Ban­helyi THE mo­tor­cy­clist said yes­ter­day af­ter sen­tenc­ing that Ban­helyi got what he de­served for his trail of de­struc­tion that day.

‘‘ He fled the scene of the crime and left me for dead, then sped off and killed some­one else in the process – it was a cowardly act,’’ he said.

‘‘ At first I gave him the ben­e­fit of the doubt, but the truth came out and I think it was jus­tice to­day.’’

Mr Tsilavis said he would carry the in­juries he re­ceived for­ever af­ter be­ing left with lower back frac­tures that were now caus­ing arthritic prob­lems.

But the ray of sun­shine to his dark days has been mak­ing a life­long friend in Jessica Lance’s sis­ter Re­becca, who was also in­jured.

‘‘ We’ve been through a sim­i­lar thing, I didn’t lose a sib­ling, but we can re­late,’’ Mr Tsilavis said.

‘‘ We can re­live the mo­ments, which is very emo­tional and we cry, but it is also ther­a­peu­tic.’’

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