Regional court: A Slovak of Indian origin is innocent in the case of fatal knife attack

A man was acquitted of charges by the first instance court after it was ruled he acted in self-defense.

Nishit Timothy from India was acquitted of charges.Nishit Timothy from India was acquitted of charges. (Source: TASR)

Nishit Timothy, a Slovak citizen of Indian origin, will not go to prison for the October 2017 case of a knife attack that ended with the death of the injured party.

This stems from a verdict issued by the Bratislava Regional Court on July 11, the Sme daily reported.

It in fact identified with a previous ruling of the Bratislava I District Court from October 2018, which said that the act committed by the defendant fulfils the conditions and attributes of self-defence. However, at the time, the prosecutor challenged the verdict.

The four-member senate now said that the original ruling was correct, Sme wrote.

What happened?

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The incident took place in downtown Bratislava, close to the German Embassy.

The first reports suggested that it was a fight over a taxi, but Timothy later said that it was defence against racially-motivated attacks. This was later confirmed by a video capturing Timothy walking on the street, when he became embroiled in a physical conflict with men during which he used a knife, injuring his attackers. One of the attackers, Branislav, later died from neck injuries.

The police detained Nishit Timothy within minutes of the incident. He was charged with murder and bodily harm.

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