A Russian tycoon’s teenage son has been jailed for nine years for the ‘especially cruel’ murder of his ex-girlfriend in which he stabbed her in the face and throat 25 times.
As Mark Konkov, 17, was sentenced, his angry parents issued an astonishing courtroom attack on his victim, Karina Zalesova, 16, claiming she was from a lower social class and should not have mixed with their son.
Construction tycoon Igor Konkov, from Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, even disputed the court finding that the killing – with 13 stab wounds to her face, and 12 on her throat – was a ‘murder of special cruelty’.
He said: “There was no special cruelty,” the multi-millionaire was quoted as saying. I saw her body and she looked normal.
“She was just dead. We are from different strata, no-one invited her to our house. She came by herself.”
In fact, the court heard evidence her son had told her to come to his house in August 2015, or he would commit suicide.
When they met Konkov beat her with his fists and a wooden figurine, before his frenzied knife attack.
The killer’s father claimed in court that the pair had agreed a suicide pact, but this was disputed by forensic evidence showing the girl had desperately tried to defend herself from vicious attacks.
Protesters became involved after the victim’s father said he had been warned of fears the crime would be downplayed, allowing the killer to cheat justice.
Unusually, Konkov was put under house arrest rather than held in detention.
At the time, Sergey Zalesov – who campaigned for justice with his wife Yulia – wrote:
“He [Mark] had a very rich family.
“We were told: ‘It will be not so easy for you, if you do not talk to the media and get publicity.’
“We fear very much that the case will be hushed up. I want him to answer to the law for what he’s done.”
Protests in Novosibirsk as well as Moscow and St Petersburg led initially to Konkov being moved to detention, and then kept the spotlight on the case with rallies demanding justice.
In this case, psychiatric tests showed Konkov suffered from “personality disorders and sadistic inclinations but deemed he was ‘sane’ when he killed Karina,” reported The Siberian Times.
The case was reclassified from ‘murder’ to ‘murder with special cruelty’, carrying a maximum ten year sentence for a 16 year old.
In court, Konkov, now 17, denied his father’s claim of a suicide pact, and admitted: “I just killed her and that’s all.”
The case was heard in closed session but a relative of Karina, Maria Grebenkina, who attended the court, was quoted saying:
“Konkov’s parents finally lost their human face.
“Konkov’s mother, Natalia, claimed: ‘Does anybody think that I would allow my son to be close with this girl?
“‘She was not from our social strata. If this girl knew it is not good to come to somebody’s house just like that, she would be alive.’”
Credits: The SUN UK
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