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Court sentences suspects in Kateryna Handzyuk's murder case

They got different jail terms.

Court sentences suspects in Kateryna Handzyuk's murder case
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Dnipropetrovsk Region's Pokrovskyy District court has delivered verdicts in the murder case of Kherson activist Kateryna Hanzyuk, who died as a result of an acid attack in 2018.

In particular, the organiser of the attempt on Handzyuk's life, Serhiy Torbin, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

The actual perpetrator of the crime, Mykyta Hrabchuk, will spend six years in prison. Volodymyr Vasyanovych and Viktor Horbunov, who were charged with aiding the commission of the crime, were sentenced to four and three years in prison, respectively. An accomplice in the crime, Vyacheslav Vyshnevskyy, was sentenced to four years in jail.

Kateryna Handzyuk, who often raised the issues of corruption by Kherson officials, was attacked with acid outside her house on 31 July 2018. With heavy burns to her body, she underwent a number of surgeries. She died on 4 November 2018.

Six suspects were detained. One of whom, Mykola Novikov, was later released from custody as charges against him were dropped.

On 7 May, the Prosecutor-General's Office of Ukraine indicted five suspects: Hrabchuk, Vasyanovych, Vyshnevskyy, Torbin and Horbunov.

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