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Court to announce verdict on "Belgorod shooter", accused of killing 6 people

August 22, 2013, 9:47 UTC+3

Pomazun served a four-year sentence for theft and was released from prison in December 2012

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

BELGOROD, August 22 (Itar-Tass) - The Belgorod court on Thursday will hand down the verdict on Sergei Pomazun, accused of killing six people. The court will announce the sentence after the defendant's final statement, Irina Sazonova, an aide to the chairman of the Belgorod region court, told Itar-Tass.

Last week, the prosecutor for the state demanded life imprisonment for Pomazun whom the mass media call "the Belgorod shooter".

During the arguments of the parties, the prosecutor insisted that the defendant's guilt was "fully proven." The victims' relatives, too, demanded the strictest punishment.

Pomazun's lawyer Viktor Yeremeyev asked the court to take into account his client's partial admission of guilt. The lawyer also insisted that Pomazun was sick and asked for a 25-year prison term.

On April 22, Pomazun shot and killed three people in a hunting shot in central Belgorod. Then he stole weapons and ammunition, left the shop and killed three more people, including two schoolgirls. The shooting spree was captured by CCTV cameras.

He was detained near the Belgorod railway station in the evening of the following day. He stabbed a police officer several times as he was being detained.

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

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