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Hurbanovo gunman convicted

MILAN Juhász, a municipal police officer from Hurbanovo, was sentenced to nine years in a maximum-security prison on March 27 for shooting dead three people and seriously injuring two others in June last year. During his trial, the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok heard from psychiatric and psychological forensic experts that Juhász was not completely sane when he committed the crime. The suspect did not contest the charges.

MILAN Juhász, a municipal police officer from Hurbanovo, was sentenced to nine years in a maximum-security prison on March 27 for shooting dead three people and seriously injuring two others in June last year. During his trial, the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok heard from psychiatric and psychological forensic experts that Juhász was not completely sane when he committed the crime. The suspect did not contest the charges.

The experts claimed that Juhász was not fully aware of what he was doing and recommended that he receive psychiatric treatment. They did not give a clear opinion about a possible racial motive for his crime, the Sme daily wrote. All his victims were Roma.

Prosecutor Ján Hrivnák, of the Office of the Special Prosecutor said, as quoted by Sme, that Juhász’ mental state would affect his sentence. The court subsequently accepted the prosecutor’s proposal for a lower prison sentence. Juhász had originally faced 25 years to life in prison. The court also ordered him to undergo three years’ protective treatment in a hospital or mental institution, the TASR newswire reported.

Neither the prosecutor nor Juhász appealed the verdict or sentence.

The shootings took place on June 16, 2012, shortly after 10:00. Juhász, then aged 51, parked his car in front of the house of a Roma family and proceeded to shoot dead a 44-year-old man, his 19-year-old son and 24-year-old son-in-law. A second son was shot in the lung and the son’s wife was shot in the leg. The police located the gunman about an hour later, sitting in front of the house of Hurbanovo’s mayor, Margita Zemková, the SITA newswire wrote.

The motive was not officially stated, but according to reports, the gunman had become frustrated with the family and later tried to “bring order”.

Juhász confirmed at a hearing on March 25 that the shooting spree happened as described by the prosecution. His plea was accepted by the court, which means it cannot be recalled, even by a later appeal against the verdict.

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