Former death-row murderer found guilty of new killing ({{commentsTotal}})

Pärnu County Court has handed 37-year-old Oleg Pitjukov a life sentence for murder. He has already spent 17 years of his life in jail, including one previous murder conviction.

According to the ruling, Pitjukov seriously injured one man in February last year in Pärnu in a knife attack and stabbed a second man to death five days later in the same building.

“Pitjukov, currently 37, has shown from an early age capability to repeatedly commit violent acts motivated by self-interest or impulse. He has remained indifferent even to actions which have had severe consequences, imprisonment has failed to correct his behavior,” the court resolution read.

The same court found him guilty of double homicide in 1996. He received the death penalty which was turned into a 15-year sentence later. In 1995 he and two others killed an illegal alien with basic tools, later chopping up and burning body parts, and when that failed, dumping the parts in a river. He later killed another man to cover his tracks.

He received a death penalty in 1996, but Parliament dropped capital punishment in 1997. The last person to be executed by Estonian authorities was in September 1991.

After being released for the previous murder, Pitjukov only spent two 1.5-year stints out of jail.

Editor: L. Velsker, J.M. Laats

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