By Calvin Palmer
The trial of the Greek woman accused of setting fire to a British tourist after he allegedly fondled her in a bar was postponed today after the tourist’s lawyers asked for more time to gather evidence.
Marina Fanouraki, 26, is charged with seriously wounding Stuart Feltham, 20, after she allegedly threw alcohol over him and set him alight at the Electra bar in the Crete resort of Malia.
Lawyer Nikos Maniadakis said Fanouraki has now formally laid charges against Feltham of attempted sexual assault, molestation and personal insults.
She claims she only threw sambuca over Feltham after he drunkenly fondled her and that he caught fire when he lit a cigarette.
Maniadakis said: “We not only want Miss Fanouraki to be acquitted, but we also want the misbehaving British tourist to be punished.
“After all, Marina is the real victim of attack and humiliation and she is the one who needs to have her honor restored in society.”
Feltham, a plumber from Swindon, Wiltshire, alleges that Fanouraki set him alight in a “completely unprovoked attack”.
He denies making any sexual advances or ever speaking to her before the incident, which has left his entire chest and stomach covered in second-degree burns.
He flew back to Britain yesterday and returned to his parents’ home. He is expected to continue receiving medical treatment for four weeks.
His father, Ian Feltham, said: “It’s horrific what has happened to Stuart – he is very seriously burned.
“He swears that he never laid a finger on this girl and it infuriates me to see him so badly hurt and then hear that this girl is pressing charges against him.”
The hearing in Heraklion was postponed until August 17 when it is likely to be postponed again.
Feltham’s lawyer’s sought the adjournment to allow forensic experts to examine Feltham’s clothing and find out what kind of flammable liquid had been poured over him. It is also hoped that further witnesses will come forward.
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]