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Court upholds prison sentence for attempted murder in metro

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Prague, Jan 6 (CTK) – The High Court in Prague yesterday upheld nine years in prison plus expulsion from the Czech Republic for ten years for attempted murder imposed on Robert Agoc of Slovakia, 22, who stabbed a randomly chosen fellow passenger on Prague´s metro (underground) in the neck in March 2015.
The verdict is valid. Agoc only can file an appellate review with the Supreme Court.
Judge Jiri Lnenicka decided that Agoc should be sent to a less strict type of prison where there is a bigger chance of reformation.
The court dealt with an appeal by the state attorney´s office against the punishment given to Agoc by the Municipal Court in Prague, which Agoc accepted.
The state attorney originally qualified the deed as a grievous bodily harm and hooliganism, but the court eventually qualified it as attempted murder, for which Agoc faced up to 18 years in prison.
Experts said Agoc´s self-control abilities were lowered by alcohol consumption when he committed the crime.
Agoc has been twice punished for property offences in Slovakia. He wanted to live with his uncle in the Czech Republic, but he did not work and the uncle drove him from his flat. Agoc then partially lived as a homeless person and earned his living by prostitution.

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