The Prosecutor’s Office announced it would appeal the recent ruling of Gurjaani District Court on the case of the death of a 16-year-old Sophio Nikoleishvili during a 2019 school trip to Tbilisi Court of Appeals, in a bid to ensure a stricter verdict against two teachers charged with negligence in the case.
The Gurjaani Court sentenced one of the 2 teachers – N.S. - to 3 years in prison in a conditional sentence, with the other found innocent in the incident that happened during an excursion of pupils of Tbilisi private school Albioni, where the teenager drowned after entering the stream under a waterfall in the Lagodekhi Natural Reserve.
“The teacher leading the excursion had been well-aware of poor meteorological conditions in the area, as well as of the plans of the deceased student to go swimming in the Ninoskhevi Waterfall Reservoir, located in the reserve in the Lagodekhi municipality.
Despite this, the teacher showed negligence, underestimated threats and limited herself to only a verbal warning [against the student’s intentions].
The second defendant – V.K. - despite a warning by a ranger on a difficult route amid the bad weather, had taken on the responsibility to lead the group of students to the waterfall anyway. Teachers’ indifference and negligence had caused the death of the minor in the incident”, - reads the statement.