St. Petersburg resident sets apartment with two people on fire out of jealousy

St. Petersburg resident sets apartment with two people on fire out of jealousy

The murderer, who insisted that it was an accident, was sentenced for 19 years.

St. Petersburg’s City Court found Aleksandr Tsikunov guilty of the setting an apartment on fire out of jealousy, which resulted in double murder, and sentenced him to 19 years in a strict regime penal colony, as well as order to pay 1.2 million rubles ($ 18,700) as a compensation to the victim for the damage caused. The defendant pleaded partially guilty, the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts report.

As the investigation found out, on February 4, 2018, Tsikunov smashed the window of the apartment on the first floor of house No. 13 on Kartashikhina Street and burned a curtain with a gas burner. A man and a woman who allegedly were lovers died from asphyxiation. The fire destroyed the couple’s belongings worth 752,000 rubles ($ 12,000), and the restoration of the apartment was estimated at 977,300 rubles ($ 15,300). 

During the preliminary investigation Tsikunov pleaded guilty. In court, the defendant stated that he had not heard any groans of the lovers, and had set up the fire by accident. However, the firemen were called by passers-by.

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