Belgorod shooter sentenced to life

The Belgorod regional court has sentenced to life in a maximum security penal colony local citizen Sergei Pomazun, charged with mass murder, the Interfax correspondent reported.

The Belgorod regional court has sentenced to life in a maximum security penal colony local citizen Sergei Pomazun, charged with mass murder, the Interfax correspondent reported.

Pomazun has been found guilty of murders (the Russian Criminal Code Article 105), illegal weapons possession (Article 222), violent weapons theft (Article 226) and making an attempt at the life of a law enforcement officer (Article 317).

The defendant is also obliged to pay 1 million rubles to the affected party - the Mamolykhin, two children and a widow.

Pomazun committed the crime because he was exasperated at the world and tried to stand out, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

This incident should become a reason to enhance security of stores selling weapons, places of weapons storage by weapons owners and to tighten public control over those issuing necessary documents and permits for hunting weapons, Markin said.

"And of course, special attention should be paid to individuals released after serving time, up to holding compulsory psychological tests on possible aggression manifestation with them," Markin said.

Pomazun went on a shooting spree in Belgorod on April 22, killing six people, including two schoolgirls. As police detained the suspect at Belgorod's train station on April 23, he injured one of the officers with a knife.

A comprehensive psychological and psychiatric evaluation showed Pomazun is a sane person.

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