Man is sentenced to death by firing squad for beheading an eight-month-old girl in Belarus in cahoots with the child's mother
- Viktar Sharhel, 48, has been sentenced to death by firing a firing squad for beating, stabbing and beheading an eight-month-old girl in Belarus
- He drank at home with mother Natalya Kolb, 26, when the attack took place
- The girl's father, Leonid Kolb, came home to find his daughter in a pool of blood
- Natalya was also convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison
A 48-year-old man was sentenced to death in Belarus for beating and beheading an eight-month-old girl.
Viktar Sharhel was sentenced to death by firing the firing squad for killing baby Anna, while mother Natalya Kolb, 26, who was friends with him, was at home.
Natalya was also convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years behind bars, the most severe punishment a woman can receive according to Belarusian law.
Viktar Sharhel, 48 (left), has been sentenced to death by firing a firing squad in Belarus for beating, stabbing and beheading an eight-month-old baby alongside mother Natalya Kolb, 26 (right)
Baby Anna (photo left and right) suffered 46 separate injuries during the crazy attack that took place while Viktar and Natalya were drinking
Viktar and Natalya had been drinking in their apartment when father Leonid Kolb came home to find the horrible scene, reports in the local media.
When Leonid walked into the apartment with the two sons of the couple, he saw & # 39; his daughter lying in the pool of blood, her head chopped off & # 39 ;.
The child had 46 individual injuries on her body and was killed with a kitchen knife.
A neighbor said: & # 39; When Leonid entered the flat, he saw a scene from the horror movies.
& # 39; The ambulance doctor fainted when she came in. & # 39;
The baby was beaten hard before he was killed and the murder was executed with & # 39; certain cruelty & # 39 ;, the closed court session of the Brest regional court ruled.
Neighbors believed that the family & # 39; happy & # 39; and they had recently baptized the child in the Orthodox Church.
Father Leonid (center left) came home with the two sons of the couple to find his daughter (in the photo with the girl) in a pool of blood
Natalya was also convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison, the heaviest punishment a woman can receive in Belarus
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko recently said that he would continue to approve the death penalty, despite the hint that he had personal reservations.
He said this month: & # 39; If the people vote like that, we will abolish it.
& # 39; We have had a referendum.
& # 39; Do you think that I am happy with this death penalty, given that I sign it and then, roughly speaking, someone is shot? & # 39;
But he said that in a 1996 referendum, the people had decided to allow the death penalty.
& # 39; That's how people voted, & # 39; he said.
Viktor and Natalya depicted during their trial with closed doors at the regional court of Brest
& # 39; According to the constitution, this is within the reach of the president in every country where the death penalty is used. & # 39;
Only men between the ages of 18 and 65 are executed.
Those confronted with the death penalty are blindfolded and forced to kneel. They are then shot in the back of the head.
The method is similar to the one used during Stalin's reign over the USSR.
More than 400 men have been executed in Belarus since the country became independent with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The EU and various international organizations have urged Belarus to stop using the death penalty.
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