Four suspects in Handziuk case plead guilty

The fifth suspect refused to cooperate with the investigation
12:19, 23 August 2018

Kateryna Handziuk

Four suspects in the attempted murder of Adviser of Kherson Mayor Kateryna Handziuk pleaded guilty. Spokesperson of the Police Yaroslav Trakalo claimed this, according to Ukrainska Pravda. 

He specified that at the moment five persons are involved in the case. 

‘According to the investigation, their involvement in the attack on citizen Handziuk is proved by collected physical evidence, and provided certificates,’ Trakalo claimed.  

Related: Attack on Handziuk: Five suspects considered

He said that four of the suspects have pleaded guilty and claimed that they have been receiving an offer to attack Handziuk for a monetary reward. All of them said that the offer was coming from the fifth detainee.  

Trakalo claimed that the organizer refused to cooperate with the investigation. 

As for the previously released suspect Novikov, the investigation had enough grounds for checking for involvement at the time of the arrest. 

‘Regarding, the ruling by the prosecutor and the status change in the proceeding to citizen Novikov, the investigation had enough grounds for his arrest and checking for involvement at the time of the arrest. However, the work was in parallel in other directions, the result of which is detention of five suspects and their confession,’ Trakalo stated. 

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As we reported earlier, Kateryna Handziuk, Adviser of Kherson's Mayor was attacked near her place. The attacker soaked her with acid. the woman was hospitalized. 

30 percent of her body was burned: head, arms, legs, chest and left eye. 

The attack on the employee of the City Council of Kherson was reclassified from "Hooliganism" to "Serious physical injuries committed with the aim of intimidation", and after a while - on "Attempted murder with a special cruelty." 

Related: Attack on Handziuk: Court acquits suspect

Yuriy Lutsenko took the case under his own control. He reported that the attack on the adviser was a part of the plan to destabilize the situation in the south of Ukraine. Later the investigation was transferred to the central office of the SBU. 

Suspected in the attack was detained on August 3. He name is Mykola Novikov, previously detained for robbing and illegal weapons handling. He is a member of one of the criminal organizations in the Kherson region. According to Anton Gerashchenko, obviously, the detainee was fulfilling someone's order. Whereas, Gerashchenko added that they approximately know who was the proponent. 

Related: Four suspects in Handziuk case plead guilty

The Police have already published the picture of the second possible suspect in the attack on Kateryna Handziuk, Adviser of Kherson's Mayor. 

Related: The US condemns the attack on Adviser of Kherson's Mayor 

Later, the Police have identified the sale location of the acid, which was used against Kateryna Handziuk. 

Related: The US condemns attack on Adviser of Kherson's Mayor

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