Crime Briefs: Man Stabbed in Central Tallinn, Cemetery Killer's Conviction Upheld
Police were notified yesterday at 23:10 that a man had been stabbed in the back with a knife in the course of a fight at Freedom Square in central Tallinn.
Police detained an 18-year-old suspect, who had behaved aggressively with officers. The officers in turn responded with a truncheon and handcuffs, reported Delfi.
The victim was hospitalized. Both the victim and the suspect had signs of alcohol consumption.
A 22-year-old man's 17-year sentence for murder has been upheld after the Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal.
The convicted, Aarne Kuusalu, killed and robbed an 80-year-old man and severely injured a 76-year-old woman at Rahumäe cemetery last year, reported uudised.err.ee. The murder received a fair amount of coverage for its particularly brutal details, in which the attacker had beat the victim repeatedly with a gravestone, dragged him across pavement and attempted but failed to steal a ring from the victim's finger.
Having twice before been criminally convicted, the attacker pled guilty last April. His lawyer had tried to get the sentence reduced to 14 years, the average sentence for the type of crime. A higher court confirmed the ruling this summer. The murder took place on August 11, 2012 and Kuusalu was arrested on August 24.