MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Monday handed down long jail sentences to three men who stabbed and kicked a man they believed to be gay and then set him on fire.
The men, all from the same village in the region of Kamchatka in far eastern Russia, committed the murder last May because they were “convinced of the non-traditional sexual orientation of their fellow villager”, regional prosecutors said in a statement, using a euphemism for being gay.
“Taking into account the role of each, the court sentenced them to 121/2 years, 101/2 years and nine years in a strict-regime prison colony,” prosecutors said.
The men “lured the man in his car to a deserted part of the forest. There, the eldest man stabbed the victim multiple times in the chest, face and neck, and two others kicked him”. Finally they placed the 29-year-old victim in his car and set the vehicle alight using petrol, prosecutors said.[ST]