Defence team to try to decrease term for historian Sokolov who dismembered woman

Defence team to try to decrease term for historian Sokolov who dismembered woman

Sokolov’s lawyers want to the case to be changed from article 105 to article 107 - Crime of passion.

Defence team of Oleg Sokolov, a senior lecturer of the St. Petersburg State University, who had confessed of killing and dismembering of Anastasia Eshchenko, is intent on reaching a diversion: they want the case to be changed from article 105 to article 107 - Crime of passion. The historian would face manual labour, restriction of liberty and imprisonment of up to three years.

Lawyers close to the bar association Pochuev, Zelgin and partners that tied an agreement with the suspect told Fontanka that at the present time, lifestyle of the 24-year-old murdered Eshchenko is being thoroughly examined. The lawyers have to sell on the idea that Sokolov shot her as a result of intense emotional excitement. For that purpose, the murdered has to be presented as a person who had exhausted a teacher with jealousy.

Sokolov’s lawyers are not going to cast Sokolov in the role of an insane person, as it would cast discredit on his academic qualification.

Sokolov’s measure of restraint is to be announced on November 11. It had not been done earlier, as - during his attempt to get rid of the dead body - the scientist had fallen in the Moika River, been frozen and ended up in a hospital.

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