Regional court sentences violent recidivist to 18 years in prison
The regional court in Ostrava has sentenced a 59-year-old recidivist to 18 years in prison for a murder committed in jealous rage. Two years ago the convicted man, Alexandr Baláž, threw another man on the floor in his apartment and stomped on his stomach, later claiming the victim - a supposed friend - had behaved inappropriately towards his girlfriend. The man suffered fatal internal injuries. The incident came several months after Baláž was charged in a case of domestic violence against his girlfriend, in which he broke her jaw. Throughout the trial the suspect claimed he was innocent; Tuesday’s ruling can still be appealed.