Thessaloniki: Deadly robbery in a convenience store – Life for the first accused, the second out of prison
Life imprisonment and an additional 11 years’ imprisonment was imposed by the Mixed Jury Court on a 28-year-old accused of shouting at the 44-year-old employee at the convenience store in Toumpa, Thessaloniki.
The same court imposed a prison sentence of 4 years and 2 months on his 36-year-old co-accused, who was accused of keeping “chilis” outside the store.
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The judges unanimously found them guilty, without recognition of mitigating factors, the first for manslaughter in a calm state of mind, robbery, illegal carrying of weapons and use of weapons and, the second, for aiding and abetting the robbery and possession of drugs (for own use).
Unlike the 28-year-old who is returning to prison, the court’s decision leads the other accused to a status of freedom, on condition, until the Court of Appeal.
The bloody event took place in the early hours of November 6, 2021 and was recorded frame by frame by the store’s security camera, on Gr. Lambraki Street.
The victim was shot on contact, in his attempt to disarm the assailant, with whom he fought.
The 44-year-old ended up a few hours later at the AHEPA hospital, where he was treated with severe brain injuries.
According to the summons, after committing his act, the 28-year-old ran to an adjacent street, met his accomplice and informed him about the unfavorable turn the robbery had taken, and then threw away both the car and the clothes he was wearing.
By the same will, later the two defendants – who were friendly and were drug users – met, with the 28-year-old foreigner giving 100 euros to his accomplice, out of the total “booty” of 420 euros.
What they argued in their apology
“For the first time in my life I held a pistol. I couldn’t figure out how it happened. I had no intention of killing him. All I wanted was to make money for my next installment. I was under the influence of various drugs for three days. After the incident, I made three suicide attempts,” said the 28-year-old, Albanian-origin defendant, apologizing for what happened.
For his part, the 36-year-old citizen declared his innocence, saying characteristically that he did not participate in the robbery, nor did he provide cover to the natural perpetrator.
“I learned about my child’s death from the radio”
Earlier, in a heartbreaking testimony, the 44-year-old’s mother told the court that she was informed of her son’s death on the radio while she was on her way to the hospital in a taxi.
“He was my only son, my support. Ever since I’ve had my husband, he’s sworn by my side. He worked the night shift, because he said the pay was better. He died on the anniversary of his baptism,” the woman testified.
However, the two defendants will be found in the next 24 hours by young people before the Justice, as they are also accused of other robberies, the others are allegedly controlled in an earlier period of time and for the others they are called to apologize in interrogations, as he said – speaking to APE-MPE . – the 36-year-old’s advocate.