Tomsk ripper gets 24.5 in colony for raping, murdering, and beheading female student

Tomsk ripper gets 24.5 in colony for raping, murdering, and beheading female student
Aleksandr Altapov Photo: Vtomske.ru

Earlier, Aleksandr Altapov has twice served a sentence for crimes against property and sexual freedom of a minor.

On Wednesday, December 25, the Tomsk Regional Court found local resident Aleksandr Altapov guilty of rape, murder, and beheading of a student, sentencing him to 24 years and six months in prison in a strict regime colony, TASS reports. In addition, the court partially granted the civil suit of the victims and recovered 2 million rubles ($29,073) from Altapov as compensation for moral damage. 

The convict’s lawyer said he intended to appeal the verdict. “My client and I 100% disagree with the court decision,” the defense representative said. According to him, he would file an appeal within ten days. 

20-year-old Viktoria went missing in Tomsk in late July 2017. Friends, police, and volunteers looked for the girl for two days. July 31, passers-by found a bag with the missing girl’s head in the city’s botanical garden. A few days later, the student’s acquaintance, 30-year-old Aleksandr Altapov, was detained. 

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The investigation believes that the girl met the murderer during a walk around the city. Late at night, Altapov invited her to his place. She agreed, and the next day her relatives declared her missing. 

Altapov admitted his guilt in part, requesting that jury reviewed the case. In December 2018, jury found him guilty. Prior to the girl’s murder, Aleksandr Altapov had twice served a sentence for crimes against property and sexual freedom of a minor.

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