BELARUS: KILLER GIVEN DEATH SENTENCE FOR BEHEADING BABY GIRL WITH KITCHEN KNIFE
February 4, 2020:
The baby murderer who decapitated an eight-month old child will be shot in the back of the head by an executioner after losing his Supreme Court appeal. The baby’s mother will now be sentenced to life imprisonment for the same October 2018 killing as the death penalty only applies to men under Belrusian law. (Sources: metro.co.uk, 02/02/2020)
Viktar Syarhel, 48, and Nataliya Kolb, 26, were drinking together in the flat when they killed Hanna. Her husband Leonid, 28, came home with the couple’s other children aged four and six, and saw his daughter’s severed head and a pool of blood.
Hanna had 46 separate injuries on her body after being badly beaten and killed with a kitchen knife.
Last year, Brest Regional Court ruled the murder was carried out with “particular cruelty.”
Syarhel immediately shook his head after the judge said ‘You have the right to submit a plea for mercy’, waiving his right to seek clemency from president Alexander Lukashenko.