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Prosecution against arsonist dropped due to insanity

The District Prosecutor’s Office in Žilina has stopped prosecuting the man who set fire to the 400 year-old remains of Žofia Bosniaková, as he committed this crime “in the state of insanity. Thus, he was not legally responsible for his deed,” the spokesman for the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Žilina told the SITA newswire.

The District Prosecutor’s Office in Žilina has stopped prosecuting the man who set fire to the 400 year-old remains of Žofia Bosniaková, as he committed this crime “in the state of insanity. Thus, he was not legally responsible for his deed,” the spokesman for the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Žilina told the SITA newswire.

Ľuboš R. from Žilina, 31, was originally accused of revilement of a dead person, facing the sentence of one to five years in prison. “The District Court will get a proposal to order protective psychiatric treatment,” Cisarik added.

The remains of Žofia Bosniaková, almost 400 years old but in amazingly good condition were kept in the Loretan Chapel of the Church of St. Martin in Teplička nad Váhom. The remains were set ablaze on April 1, 2009.

Žofia Bosniaková, wife of Hungarian palatine Frantisek Vesselenyi, lived in Teplička nad Váhom and at nearby Strečno Castle where she died in 1644 at the age of 35. During her life, Bosniakova was well-known for the help she gave to the poor and sick, for having founded an asylum for the poor, sick and orphans, and her other good deeds. SITA

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