Suspended sentence for SEF inspector who ran over and killed woman and was later discovered with 4.2 g/l alcohol in system

An assistant inspector working for borders control agency SEF has been given a 21-month suspended prison sentence for running over and killing a woman in 2014, and refusing to perform the requisite test for alcohol.

Judges ruled that it was not proved that the man was driving with 4.2 g/l of alcohol in his system (almost eight times the legal limit) as this was the result of a test taken later in hospital.

The court however ordered José Baptista to pay the children of his victim €75,000 in compensation, and banned him from driving for a period of 24 months.

Baptista will also be obliged to complete a road safety awareness programme.

Baptista’s defence lawyer Rodrigo Santiago told reporters that in his opinion the decision taken by Coimbra court was “manifestly just”.

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