By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The death of convicted Australian pedophile, Christopher Gott, 63, critically injured by a motorist in Copacabana beach in January, was confirmed by authorities on Sunday (June 3rd), according to a government news source.
Gott died on Thursday (May 31st) due to the head injuries he sustained after a motorist suffered an epileptic seizure and smashed his car into a crowd walking along Copacabana beach.
Since January Gott remained in a coma with a severe brain injury while authorities both here in Brazil and in Australia tried to determine his real identity.
Admitted into the hospital under the name of Daniel Marcos Phillips, authorities soon found out that the name was an alias and that the fingerprints of the injured man were actually those of Christopher John Gott, a schoolteacher that in 1994 had been sentenced to six years in jail, charged with seventeen counts of child sex abuse.
According to authorities Gott was released on parole in 1996 and from then on, his whereabouts were unknown. In Brazil for over twenty years, Gott would have remained anonymous if it were not for the accident.
On January 18th, 2018, Antonio Almeida Anaquim was driving along Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana when he claims he suffered an epileptic attack and lost control of the vehicle. In the accident, an eight-old-month baby was killed instantly and several people were taken to the hospital with injuries, including Gott.
Doctors at Hospital Miguel Couto said from the onset that his prognosis was not good and that if he had lived Gott would have remained in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.
Anaquim, who was driving with a suspended license, is being charged with manslaughter in the death of the infant.