MOSCOW, May 18 (RAPSI) – The Belgorod Region Court on Wednesday upheld the sentence handed down to a local clinic’s ex-surgeon, Ilya Zelendinov  who punched a patient with a lethal strike, RIA Novosti reported.

On March 24, Zelendinov was sentenced to 9 years and 2 months in penal colony. The court also prohibited Zelendinov from practicing medicine for three years.

Zelendinov and his defense lawyers appealed the sentence insisting on requalification of the article he was tried under to “Causing death by accident”.

According to investigators, the incident happened on December 29, 2015 when a man who later became a victim was put in a clinic. During one of the procedures a man allegedly kicked a nurse which prompted Zelendinov to come to her defense. Expertise showed that victim died from еру acute heart failure caused by a strike in the neck.

No signs of psychological disorders were found during Zelendinov’s examination.