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Belgorod shooter case to be reviewed on July 22

July 09, 2013, 14:42 UTC+3
The hearing of the criminal case will be open
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BELGOROD, July 9 (Itar-Tass) - The hearing of the "Belgorod shooter" case is due to take place at 10:00, Moscow time, on July 22, a court official told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

"The hearing of the criminal case will be open. One judge will review the case, as defendant Sergei Pomazun's petition has been granted," Irina Sazonova, an aide to the chairperson of the regional court, said.

Sergei Pomazun shot and killed six people in central Belgorod on April 22.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the psychiatric expert examination had found Pomazun sane.

"The suspect refused to give evidence in the course of the investigation. It is unknown what he was hoping for, but his testimony was unnecessary. Experienced SK investigators conducted a thorough probe, and they coped well with their task. So a lack of "the shooter's" testimony plays no role," Markin said.

More than 50 expert examinations were carried out, including genetic, forensic, ballistic and biological.

The investigator said Pomazun had gone on a shooting rampage because of "hooligan motives."

At around 11:00, on April 22, Pomazun opened a safe in his house to retrieve his father's Vepr-308 hunting rifle and at least 144 rounds of ammunition. On the same day, he drove to the hunting equipment shop in Narodny Bulvar /Parkway/ in Belgorod at 14:20, Moscow time, entered it and killed two shop assistants and a visitor. He then stole two self-loading hunting rifles Tigr and more than 250 rounds of ammunition.

As he was leaving the shop, Pomazun shot at passers-by, killing a man and an underage girl. Another girl died in hospital later in the day.

Pomazun was detained near the Belgorod railway station in the evening of the following day. He stabbed the police officer who was detaining him at least four times.

He was charged with murder of two or more persons for hooligan motives, concealing crimes, illegal turnover of weapons, theft of weapons and ammunition, an attempted murder of law-enforcement officer.

The SK representative said his story "clearly shows the consequences of unrestricted access to weapons in Russia."

Pomazun was released from prison in December 2012 after serving a four-year sentence for theft.

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