Second-tier court upholds conviction of Syrian man who set wife on fire ({{commentsTotal}})

Kovan Mohammad's sentencing on Friday. Sept. 22, 2017.
Kovan Mohammad's sentencing on Friday. Sept. 22, 2017. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court on Thursday upheld the ten-year prison sentence handed down by Harju County Court to Syrian national Kovan Mohammad, 20, for setting fire to his wife in Tallinn this March.

The appellate court found that the first-tier court's ruling in the Mohammad's case was in every way competent, both in terms of the conviction and the sentence, and there was no reason to change it.

On Sept. 22, Harju County Court's Judge Merle Parts found Mohammad guilty of the charges against him and sentenced him to ten years in prison.

While the trial was conducted behind closed doors, the sentencing in September was public.

Crime committed in their home

On the evening of Tuesday, March 7, a 22-year-old Syrian woman who had arrived in Estonia as a refugee sustained severe burns in her home. She was transported to the hospital from her Majaka Street apartment in the Lasnamäe District of Tallinn at 5:30 p.m.

According to North District senior prosecutor Saskia Kask, the victim's Syrian husband, then 19, and their infant child were in the apartment with her when she sustained the burns.

A criminal investigation was initiated under the paragraph of Estonia's Penal Code addressing the causing of serious health damage through negligence. Kask previously told ERR that the victim woke from a coma later that month.

The suspect remained in custody since March 10.

The Syrian family arrived in Estonia from Greece last June under the EU migrant relocation plan.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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