Three Convicted of School Break Killing ({{commentsTotal}})

The girl's body was found on a recreational trail near Tamsalu in March 2013. Source: (ERR)

Viru County Court sentenced three people to prison for the abuse and murder of a 15-year-old girl last year.

Valeri, 17, was convicted of murder, unlawful deprivation of liberty and physical abuse, and sentenced to nine years in prison, reported today.

Natalja, 34, was convicted for being an accessory to murder, satisfaction of sexual desire by violence, unlawful deprivation of liberty and physical abuse and she was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Sulev, 52, was convicted of rape, unlawful deprivation of liberty and physical abuse and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The sentences include time served since detention. They must also pay compensation levies and the costs of the criminal proceedings. Valeri and Natalja have also been ordered to pay compensations in civil lawsuits.

The body of a 15-year-old girl was found in Tamsalu, a Lääne-Viru County town, on March 22, 2013. Valeri and Natalja were detained on the same day, while Sulev was apprehended on March 28.

According to the charges, the three imprisoned the girl on March 18 during spring break and kept her in a flat until March 21, subjecting her to mental, physical and sexual abuse. An ambulance was called and the victim was taken to a hospital. The girl was questioned by the police and was later released to adults from the same family whose members attacked her. The police has since admitted poor judgement and a failure of communication between various agencies.

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