Russia to push ahead with assistance to Syrian army in fighting terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 11:52
Russia’s cargo spacecraft Progress MS-05 sets course towards ISSScience & Space February 22, 11:32
Poll shows surge in Putin’s favorable ratings among AmericansWorld February 22, 11:28
Diplomat warns attempts to cheat during intra-Syrian talks may affect political processRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 11:10
World’s governing anti-doping body seeks Russia’s membership reinstatement — WADA chiefSport February 22, 11:03
Ukraine's former president says he never asked Russia to send troops to Ukraine in 2014World February 22, 10:33
Ousted Ukrainian leader Yanukovich proposes holding referendum on Donbass statusWorld February 22, 10:14
Iran plans to buy 12 Superjet-100 Russian aircraft in near future — ministerBusiness & Economy February 22, 8:24
Kiev proposes removing Russia’s veto power in UN Security CouncilWorld February 22, 2:31
BELGOROD, August 12 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's prosecutor demanded life imprisonment for "Belgorod shooter" Sergei Pomazun in the course of the parties' arguments on Monday. This was reported by assistant chairman of Belgorod Regional Court Irina Sazonova on Monday.
During the debates the prosecution and the defendant’s plea expressed their views on the case of murder of 6 persons that is being reviewed. The prosecution insists that the defendant’s guilt is fully proved. The persons affected – the relatives of victims – also demanded the most severe sentence.
Attorney Viktor Yeremeyev, for his part, asked the judge to take into consideration that Pomazun has partially admitted his guilt when taking a decision. The attorney also claimed that the defendant is not sane mentally. He doesn’t show repentance as he doesn’t fully acknowledge his guilt, the attorney believes. Therefore, he asked the court not to pronounce a life sentence to the “Belgorod shooter”.
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. Pomazun is facing life imprisonment.
The suspect was released from prison in December 2012 after serving a four-year sentence for theft.