Victims in Moscow school shooting spree slam judge for inaction
MOSCOW, April 16 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Victims in a shooting spree at a Moscow school that left two dead criticize the judge handling the case for inaction and seek compensation, their lawyer, Igor Trunov, told RAPSI on Thursday.
Victims have filed a complaint addressing the Chair of the Moscow City Court Olga Egorova.
Moscow’s Butyrsky District Court handed down a ruling on March 3 ordering Sergey Gordeev, a student who was charged with the killings, to undergo psychiatric treatment.
Victims appealed against the ruling. However, they have received no court records so far and blame the judge for the delay.
Gordeev, 15, made his way last February 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 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. A psychiatric evaluation has found Gordeev insane.
One of the students earlier 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.