Belgorod murders: Russia jails gunman Pomazun for life

Sergei Pomazun Sergei Pomazun was caught trying to flee Belgorod on a goods train

Related Stories

A court in western Russia has jailed a man for life for shooting six people dead in the city of Belgorod.

Sergei Pomazun, 31, opened fire in a hunting shop in April, killing three people there, and then fired at passers-by, killing three more.

The victims included two schoolgirls, aged 14 and 16.

Pomazun fully admitted guilt, the judge said. The day after the shooting and just before his arrest, he also stabbed and wounded a policeman with a knife.

Pomazun will serve the sentence in a penal colony under a harsh regime.

Before the shooting he had spent about seven years in prison for robberies.

In court he said: "I did not plan to murder, the shooting began all by itself", and asked for a 25-year jail sentence.

In the hours before the shooting he had stolen a rifle belonging to his father. He then went to the hunting shop, where he shot and killed two shop assistants and a customer.

He then opened fire at passers-by outside the shop, killing a man and a teenage girl on the spot. Another girl was wounded and died later in hospital.

A psychiatrist's report on Pomazun after his arrest found no evidence of mental illness, though it described him as having a short temper and a high opinion of himself.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Europe stories

RSS

Features

  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.