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Murder of five-year-old boy: Suspect denies his guilt

Prykhodko appeals to court asking not to place him in custody
11:19, 4 June 2019

Five-year-old Kyrylo who died from injuries caused by drunk police officers on June 3, 2019
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Suspected in murdering a five-year-old Kyrylo Tlyavov a police officer Ivan Prykhodko pleaded not guilty, as he said at the session of Holosiivky District court of Kyiv, Ukrainian News reported.

The police officer denies that he shot at the boy.

“I am myself a father of two kids, I understand what a grief it is… I ask to figure everything out… I did not shoot in that direction,” he stated.

Prykhodko asks the court not to place him in custody.

His lawyer stated that the prosecution did not prove his involvement in the crime.

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In particular, he noted that the materials of the case contain information about another witness Kryvoshy. Allegedly, he also shot, but he was not served with charge papers.

The lawyer asks to carry out additional investigative experiments to define who committed a deadly shot.

As it was reported, the leadership of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky police department of Kyiv region was suspended from their duties after the death of a five-year-old Kyrylo injured by the police officers. 

Related: Five-year-old boy dies from injuries allegedly caused by Ukraine's police officers

Reportedly, on May 31, a boy with physical injuries in the form of a severe closed-head injury, brain contusion, internal brain hematoma and a fracture of the temporal bone was delivered to the intensive care unit of the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky hospital.

According to police officers, around 4:00 pm on May 31, four children were walking alongside their place of residence. The 5-year-old boy, due to carelessness, slipped and fell on the asphalt concrete pavement and stone, as a result of which he suffered a head injury.

Related: Police officers may be guilty of inflicting gunshot injuries to child

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