Lawyers for Moscow student gunman who shot two ask for second sanity exam
MOSCOW, January 30 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Victims in the case of a teenager who killed two adults and held 20 students hostage in February 2014 have asked Moscow’s Butyrsky District Court to review the results of medical examination that declared him incompetent, the victims’ lawyer, Igor Trunov, told RAPSI on Friday.
Trunov said the victims have asked the court to withdraw psychiatric examination conclusions from the case materials as illegal, lacking substantiation and containing evidence of fraud. They have also requested that the court order an independent examination. “An incompetent person is unlikely to carry out such a complicated crime as hostage taking,” the lawyer said.
On February 3, 2014, Sergey Gordeev, 15, made his way into his school with a rifle by threatening a guard who immediately called the police. Gordeev barged into a classroom where a geography teacher was giving a lesson and fatally shot him, holding about 20 students hostage, according to investigators.
He also allegedly shot a police officer who arrived on the scene and wounded another one.
Investigators reported that the suspect fired no less than 11 shots, wielding two carbines that were legally registered to his father. Gordeev was detained and officially charged with murder, intent to commit murder, and taking of hostages. Gordeev pleaded partially guilty.
One of the students told the LifeNews television network that the attacker was one of the best students in the class and was not involved in any conflicts at school, including with the murdered teacher. However, Kommersant newspaper said the student was angry at the teacher for preventing him from being awarded a gold medal for academic performance.
In accordance with the Russian Criminal Code, underage criminals face a maximum sentence of ten years in a juvenile correctional facility.