Crime Briefs: Drunken Homicide, Drunken Window-Breaking Spree, Drunk Drivers ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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Alcohol still seems to be the root of all evil in Estonia, as the following three crime snippets illustrate.

Harju County Court today sentenced 67-year-old Jevgeni Burtsev to six years in prison for stabbing a 39-year-old drinking buddy on April 6 of last year, reported uudised.err.ee.

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During the late evening hours of this Tuesday, a man smashed in 14 windows of the local Rakvere newspaper Virumaa Teataja. The man did not stop his glass-breaking rampage even after the police arrived on the scene. He was placed under arrest and will have to serve ten days in prison, reported uudised.err.ee.

According to the man, he was angry with the paper over an article it published about him last year.

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Despite stricter punishments for drunk driving - confiscating more vehicles and an increase in arrests for drunk drivers - the number of drivers caught under the influence is growing, the police's Sirle Pai told Postimees.

This year, 986 drivers under heavy intoxication have been caught, along with another 1,333 under moderate intoxication.

However, traffic-related fatalities in general are at an all-time low, with no fatal traffic accidents recorded this March.

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