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CHITA, June 6 (Itar-Tass) - Rapist and murderer Yevgeny Kozulin, 19, whom the Baikal region court sentenced to life in prison, hanged himself in an separate prison cell. "He apparently committed suicide. A check is underway," a representative of the regional department of the Investigative Committee /SK/ Alexandra Vlasovets told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
On May 30, the Baikal region court sentenced him to life imprisonment. Kozulin, a resident of Chita, was found guilty of raping two girls, aged 9 and 12, and killing one of them.
"It has been ascertained that on September 3, 2012, Kozulin saw a schoolgirl in an Internet cafe. He waited till she left the cafe, took her hand and forced her to walk to a square near a school where he raped and strangled her. The body of the girl was found the next day. Police promptly detained the criminal," the regional SK said.
The investigators found that Kozulin was involved in another rape. "On March 17, 2012, he raped a nine-year-old girl in the village of Tekstilshchikov near Chita, robbed her of her golden earrings and escaped.
Kozulin confessed to the crimes. A DNA test proved that he had raped the girl. "A psychiatrist test found him sane. Kozulin told police he had long used psychedelic drugs and that he had committed the crime under their influence," spokeswoman for the regional court Viktoria Mikhailyuk said.
A jury found him guilty on all counts and said he did not deserve clemency.