A fugitive from the Central Prison is sentenced to less than nine years in prison for attempted murder

A fugitive from the Central Prison is sentenced to less than nine years in prison for attempted murder
A fugitive from the Central Prison is sentenced to less than nine years in prison for attempted murder

The Supreme Court (AT) has refused to initiate cassation proceedings regarding the sentence by which Māris Kovalyov, who escaped from the Riga Central Prison and was later captured, was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for the attempted murder of a woman’s ex-spouse, thus the judgment has entered into force.

AT, without mentioning the person’s name, informed that the judgment of the Riga Regional Court was upheld, with which, taking into account the commonality of the criminal offenses and the previously unserved sentence, the accused was sentenced to imprisonment for eight years and eight months, as well as probation supervision for three years.

It follows from the judgment of the regional court that the accused, driven by anger, decided to commit the unlawful killing of another person. Under the influence of alcohol and drugs, he arrived at the victim’s residence. When the front door was opened, the accused reached out with the meat ax he had taken with him no less than twice and tried to hit the man on the head, but the victim managed to cover it with his hand, close and then block the front door of the apartment.

In this way, the person suffered moderate physical injuries. Later, while in the temporary detention room of the police station, the accused smashed the door glass with his fists.

Leaving unchanged the part of the judgment of the first instance court by which the defendant was convicted of attempted murder, the regional court recognized that the evidence obtained in the case had been correctly evaluated and reasonable conclusions had been drawn regarding the defendant’s guilt in the incriminated crime. In the court’s assessment, the version of the accused that he did not want to kill the victim, that he did not enter the victim’s apartment and did not cause bodily harm was refuted, it is argued that the accused acted with direct intention in the incriminated circumstances, that is, when he hit the victim’s head, he intended to kill the victim. the onset of death and wished to achieve it.

AT refused to initiate cassation proceedings, because in the part that refers to attempted murder, the accused had not substantiated the cassation complaint in accordance with the requirements of the law, that is, he had not indicated what violations of the Criminal Law or significant violations of the Criminal Procedure Law had been committed by the appellate court. On the other hand, in the part that refers to intentional damage to someone else’s property, the accused did not appeal the judgment of the court of appeal in the cassation procedure.

Previously, “Latvijas Avīze” reported that the attempted murder was committed on June 29, 2022 in Riga, Teikas micro-district. According to the indictment, Kovalyov came to the ex-spouse of his girlfriend at the time around 5 a.m. and rang the doorbell of the apartment. As soon as the man born in 1975 opened the door, Kovalyov, shouting that he was going to kill him, hit him on the head with a meat cleaver. The victim managed to put his hand in front of him and close the door, however, the attacker hit him twice on the hand, inflicting moderate injuries on the victim. The woman, who was in the apartment with the victim, called the police, who noticed the attacker and arrested him near the scene.

For this attack, the police opened criminal proceedings for both attempted murder and attempted illegal entry into a home against the will of the occupants. In the criminal trial for the attempted murder, Kovalyov underwent a forensic psychiatric examination, but specialists did not find any special deviations from the norm.

Soon after that, Kovalyov earned another criminal trial because, while in the detention room of the police station, he broke a reinforced glass, thus intentionally damaging another person’s property. The man has previously been convicted of robbery, theft and other crimes. As a security measure, he has been in custody all this time.

In the Riga city court, there is one more case in which Kovalyovs and Ruslans Guzyakovs are accused. They are accused according to Article 180 of the Criminal Law, which stipulates responsibility for theft, fraud or embezzlement in a small amount. Currently, the trial of the case is postponed because Guzyakov has been declared wanted.

On July 23, 2023, Kovalyov escaped from Riga Central Prison, but within a few hours he was arrested in Sarkandaugava. Criminal proceedings were initiated for the prisoner’s escape and the case was brought to court.

The article is in Latvian

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