Ukraine Rape And Murder: Trio Jailed

MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine -- A court in southern Ukraine has jailed three men for the rape and murder of Oksana Makar, 18, in a case which led to an outcry against abuse of power.

Oksana Makar

The court in Mykolayiv sentenced Yevgeny Krasnoshchok to life imprisonment, Maxim Prisyazhnyuk to 15 years and Artyom Pogosyan to 14 years.

Ms Makar was raped and set on fire during the attack in March.

There was outrage when two of the three suspects - both from political families - were freed early on in the inquiry.

Public rallies were held across the country demanding the investigators should be replaced.

The two men, who both had parents with political connections, were later re-arrested.

Attacked on 9 March, Ms Makar died in hospital 20 days later, her slow death from horrific injuries causing a wave of sympathy.

Krasnoshchok described in an interview broadcast by Ukrainian media how he and the others, all in their early twenties, had raped the victim in turn in a flat.

He said he had tried to strangle her after she threatened to go to the police.

The three of them later took her out of the flat to a building-site where she was set on fire.

Source: BBC News