Mastermind of Taganrog jeweler’s murder sentenced to 19 years in colony
The accomplices of Roman Kobyatsky got 16 and 17 years.
The Irkutsk Regional Court has sentenced the mastermind behind the murder of a Taganrog jewelry company employee to 19 years’ rigorous imprisonment, RIA Novosti reports. Two other defendants in the case got 16 and 17 years.
The murder of an employee of Zolotoy Alef, Natalya Mulikhova, took place in February 2018. The woman had come to Irkutsk to meet with the buyer of a large stock of jewelry. She had six kilograms of jewelry worth 14 million rubles ($215,880) with her. At the airport, she got into a taxi and went to meet with the client, after which she disappeared. The police organized a search on the application of the missing woman’s family.
During the investigation, it turned out that a certain Vyacheslav Nikulin was behind the taxi car’s wheel. Investigators found out that on the day of Mulikhova's arrival, he did not follow the route specified under interrogation. After exposure, Nikulin admitted to being an accessory to murder. He indicated the place where he hid the corpse and called the name of the murder perpetrator – Aleksandr Shakhbazov. Further investigation revealed that the crime was organized by Mulikhova’s former colleague, Roman Kobyatsky.
The defendants in the case were charged with Murder, Robbery, and Illegal Sale of Arms.
The murder weapon
Kobyatsky was sentenced to 19 years’ rigorous imprisonment and the restriction of liberty of one year and six months. As a consequence of pleeding guilty, the perpetrator of the murder, Aleksandr Shakhbazov, was sentenced to 16 years’ rigorous imprisonment and the restriction of liberty of one year and six months. The court sentenced the driver, Nikulin, to 17 years’ rigorous imprisonment and the restriction of liberty of one year. In addition, the court ordered all convicts to pay the relatives of the slain woman 1 million rubles ($15,410) each in compensation for non-pecuniary damage.
It is reported that the Federal Prosecutor was satisfied with the court decision. Kobyatsky’s lawyer intends to appeal the verdict.