Sentences in case of torturing young girl confirmed

THE HROTÁKS, the married couple who tortured three-year-old  Lucia Luknárová to death, have seen their lengthy prison sentences confirmed by a higher-instance court.

Court session, illustrative stock photo.Court session, illustrative stock photo. (Source: Sme)

Juraj Hroták will spend 18.5 years in prison and Alexandra Hrotáková 14 years for manslaughter. Bratislava Regional Court confirmed on March 4 these original verdicts that were appealed by both defendants. They beat, abused and tortured Luknárová to death, and afterwards hid her body in a rented Bratislava flat for three years, before being discovered by accident, the SITA newswire wrote.

Regional court agreed with the re-qualification of the crime from homicide to manslaughter by the district court, as the intention to kill the girl could not be proven. The original verdict was announced on October 16, 2014, and defendants were convicted of having tortured a close, dependent person. The district court found that Hroták beat Lucka and caused her death, while Hrotáková abused her by denying her personal and health treatment. Her body was found in 2012.

The social worker who knew about the problems in the family and neglected the necessary checks is now facing a separate court trial, according to SITA. 

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