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Hurbanovo victims’ family rejects expert opinion of killer’s mental state

It is possible that the case of former police officer Milan Juhász, who was found guilty of shooting three people and seriously injuring two others last June, will be reopened after the family of the victims rejected the final verdict. The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok on March 27 sentenced Juhász to nine years in a maximum-security prison and three years’ protective treatment in a hospital or mental institution. The family now says it is prepared to submit a special appeal, the Sme daily reported on April 3.

It is possible that the case of former police officer Milan Juhász, who was found guilty of shooting three people and seriously injuring two others last June, will be reopened after the family of the victims rejected the final verdict. The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok on March 27 sentenced Juhász to nine years in a maximum-security prison and three years’ protective treatment in a hospital or mental institution. The family now says it is prepared to submit a special appeal, the Sme daily reported on April 3.

“It is clear already today that the expert opinion [in which the psychiatrists claimed Juhász was not completely sane when committing the crime] was manipulated, and I will try to have it assessed by an international authority,” said lawyer for the family Stanislav Jakubčík, as quoted by Sme.

He added that Juhász murdered the three family members intentionally, and that he was not affected by any mental disease, as experts Milan Čerňan and Elena Mokrášová had written.

Juhász had originally faced 25 years to life in prison, but after the testimonies of the forensic experts the court accepted the proposal of prosecutor Ján Hrivnák for a lower prison sentence, the TASR newswire wrote on March 27.

Neither the prosecutor nor Juhász appealed the verdict or the sentence.

Hrivnák said in an interview with Sme that he understands the outrage of the family, but insists on the diagnosis of the gunman.

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 the 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. All the victims were members of the Roma minority. The police located the gunman about an hour later, sitting in front of the house of Hurbanovo’s mayor, Margita Zemková.

Source: Sme

For more information about this story please see: Gunman from Hurbanovo gets nine years in prison and three years of secure treatment

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