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Supreme Court to review appeal against life sentence for Belgorod shooter

November 20, 2013, 9:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Sergei Pomazun's lawyer insists there was no full-fledged expert examination regarding his client's mental status

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Sergei Pomazun

Sergei Pomazun

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MOSCOW, November 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review an appeal against life imprisonment of Sergei Pomazun, nicknamed "Belgorod shooter," who shot and killed six people.

Pomazun had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a deadly shooting spree this last spring. Also, the court ruled on collecting from him three million rubles as compensation in favor of the victims' families.

Pomazun's lawyer Viktor Yeremeyev said he disagreed with the wording of the mental status of Sergei Pomazun. Specifically, he challenged the phrase "his mental status cannot be doubted." In his opinion, no full-fledged expert examination was carried out and it has to be done at a specialized facility.

"On top of that, additional information was released during the trial, such as the testimony by Pomazun's parents which had not been included in the investigator's section of the case materials," the lawyer noted.

After the trial, prosecutor for the state Dmitry Lazarev told Itar-Tass he was satisfied with life sentence for Pomazun. "The court agreed with the classification of the crime and refused to recognize Pomazun as insane," the prosecutor said, praising the investigator's professionalism.

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.

In December 2012, he was released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for theft, police said.

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