Greek Woman Caught Kicking Young Girl Sentenced

The photograph of a middle-aged woman kicking a young Roma girl playing the accordion on the foothills of the Acropolis, made headlines in Greece back in 2013.

The incident, described as a racist assault, was captured on camera by Dimitris Messinis, an Associated Press photojournalist.

The publication of the photograph caused an uproar, as thousands of Greeks took to social media to condemn the attack. The issue was even raised at the Greek Parliament.

More than four years later, Messinis announced that the woman in the photograph has been given a three-month suspended sentence for her action.

The woman did not appear at the court hearing, and was sentenced in absentia.

“There are times when I feel very proud of the profession I have been practicing all these years,” says Messinis in a Facebook post.