ALEX CITTADINI SENTENCED
Tuesday July 14th, 2009
AUSTRALIAN YACHT DESIGNER CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER
The director and engineer of Applied Alloy Yachts has been sentenced to three years in prison following his conviction for manslaughter in April. The 2002 tragedy left four crew members dead, when the keel broke on the racing yacht Excalibur causing the vessel to capsize. In 2005 an inquest discovered that the keel had been cut and re-welded whilst the boat was built.
Australian Alex Cittadini has been granted bail by Judge Stephen Norrish pending an appeal and had this to say, 'The degree of negligence was serious… As the manager of the business he was under a duty (to provide) proper quality control.'' He added, 'There's no suggestion he did the welding… The person who did it may have hid it from the accused.'
Cittanni has been described as ‘a man of excellent character, a family man, honest and professional.’ An avid sailing fan he has been a member of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Club for 25 years. However if his appeal fails he could be facing the full three year sentence and will not be eligible for parole for 18 months.
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