THE SUPREME Court sentenced head of the Piťovci gang, Juraj Ondrejčák, to 16 years in prison for leading the criminal group. Originally he was sentenced for 18 years by the Specialised Criminal Court, the TASR newswire reported on November 26.
The gang, according to the Specialised Criminal Court, dealt with drug trafficking and collecting protection money. It operated from Bratislava’s Lamač district and was known for wearing clothes of Thor Steinar or Alpha Industries brands, according to TASR.
The Supreme Court decreased the punishments of other members of the group as well, changing the ruling of the Specialised Criminal Court issued this May, the SITA newswire wrote.
For example, Igor Dvorský, who was operating in Stupava, will spend 22 years in prison, instead of 24 set by the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok. The court also reduced sentence for Adam Štefunko who was active in Trnava and Hlohovec to 22 years as well. While both men were found guilty of being members of the criminal group and damaging someone else’s property, Dvorský was also found guilty of causing bodily harm and for disorderly conduct, and Štefunko was sentenced for illegal arming, TASR wrote.
Moreover, Miroslav Abrahám who was found responsible for drug trafficking will spend 21 years in prison, compared to originally proposed 23 years in maximum security prison. The same sentence was given to his subordinate Matej Baričiak.
Ondrejčák’s right-hand man Matej Šalaga will spend seven years in minimum security prison for being member of the criminal group. The Supreme Court did not change his verdict. Additionally, Ladislav Antal and Tomáš Králik will spend 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, respectively, down from the original sentences at seven and six years.
Martin Padúch, another member of the Piťovci group, was sentenced in May for the membership in the criminal group, disorderly conduct and illegal arming to 12 years in maximum security prison. The recent verdict of the Supreme Court reduces the sentence to 10.5 years. Peter Bolla will spend seven years in minimum security prison, down from originally proposed eight years, TASR wrote.
Tomáš Bielovič is the only one whose sentence was increased. Originally he was to be sent to prison for 5.5 years for supporting the criminal group and drug activities. Now the sentence was increased to six years. The court did not change sentence for Andrej Očenáš who will spend five years in prison. Miroslav Cisár will be behind the bars only 32 months instead of five years, while Antonín Topercer, was punished for disorderly conduct with one year prison with conditional deferral at three years, according to TASR.
Moreover, Ondrejčák, Abrahám, Baričiak, Padúch, Dvorský, Štefunko and Bielovič will lose their property.
The verdicts are valid and it is not possible to appeal them, as reported by TASR.
Ondrejčák was, together with other members of the gang, detained in November 2011 during the biggest police action in the history of Slovakia. The proceeding started in August 2013
with reading 28-page lawsuit. Together 18 men were charged with 19 crimes. The Specialised Criminal Court issued the ruling in May.
Source: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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27. Nov 2014 at 10:00