Convict given exemplary 30-year sentence for brutal attack against cellmate

The regional court in Hradec Králové on Monday sentenced 26-year-old convict Patrik Kónya – already serving a sentence in Valdice prison for murder – to 30 years behind bars for an attack on his cellmate that left the other man in critical condition. The attacker admitted to the crime during police questioning, saying there was no motive and that he had no personal reasons for hurting the other man; he also said they had not quarrelled. Kónya told the police on the morning of the attack he had felt tension, leading him to steal a hammer from a work area; he said he had intended to use it only to break a sink and toilet. Monday’s ruling can still be appealed.

Author: Jan Velinger