The killing in Stavropol came just two months after the bodies of 12 people, including eight adults and four children, were found in a house in the village of Kushchevskaya, in the southern Krasnodar region© RIA Novosti. Dmitry Akhmadullin
MOSCOW, April 26 (RIA Novosti)
A resident of South Russia’s city of Stavropol was sentenced to life in prison for killing a family of eight during a home invasion and burglary, the Russian Investigation Department said on Thursday.
Five men and three women were killed on January 21, 2011, in the house of Vladimir Slizayev, believed to be the boss of a local criminal group.
Investigators and the court established that Roman Gubarev, armed with two Makarov pistols and a knife, broke into the house of Slizayev, who was his close friend and business partner.
“Slizayev, in order to conceal his wealth, made Gubarev a formal owner of a part of his property, including several cars and a lot in an elite district of Stavropol. Gubarev, motivated by greed, later decided to kill Slizayev,” the Investigation Department said in a statement.
“After murdering the eight people, he attempted to open Slizayev’s safe. When he failed, he stole jewelry worth 8 million rubles [about $273,000],” the statement says.
In order to cover his tracks, Gubarev destroyed footage from CCTV cameras in the house, hid murder weapons in a forest and burned the clothes he was wearing.
It was earlier reported that an eight-year-old boy and four-week-old girl, believed to be Slizayev's granddaughter, survived the slaughter. The children were trapped in a room on the second floor. While leaving the house, the killer damaged a gas tank in an effort to cause a gas explosion that would kill the children. However, no blast occurred and the children were unharmed.
Ten days after the murder, police detained two suspects, including Gubarev. There was no information about the second suspect's fate.
The verdict has not yet taken legal effect and may be appealed within ten days.
Defense lawyer Vladimir Naiko said Gubarev refused to make a final statement, saying it “makes no sense,” because “all his court statements have been ignored.”
The killing in Stavropol came just two months after the bodies of 12 people, including eight adults and four children, were found in a house in the village of Kushchevskaya, in the southern Krasnodar region. The leader of another local criminal gang has been charged with organizing the murders.
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