Kazakh court sentences 2 people to 18 years for murder of Olympic skater

Kazakh court sentences 2 people to 18 years for murder of Olympic skater 

Judge Kenshilik Abdeldinov announces the court’s ruling in the murder case of Olympic figure skater Denis Ten in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Jan. 17, 2019. EFE-EPA/ALEKSANDR PAVSKIY

Astana, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- A Kazakh court on Thursday convicted two people for the murder of figure skater Denis Ten, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Ten was stabbed on July 19, 2018 when he tried to prevent thieves from stealing his car’s rear-view mirrors in the center of Almaty, the country’s largest city.

The figure skater was stabbed in the thigh, which caused extensive bleeding and led to his death later in hospital.

Another person was also sentenced to four years in prison for theft and for not reporting the incident to authorities.

The three defendants, who were arrested shortly after the crime and confessed, also have to financially compensate Ten’s family.

The crime resonated across Kazakhstan as the athlete was a famous sports personality.

The Kazakh, who was attacked after a training session, came second at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, although his greatest achievement was a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ten suffered an ankle injury in the lead-up to the PyeongChang Winter Games, which prevented him from competing for a medal and saw him finish in 27th place.