A police officer who beat to death a sex worker has been sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment
Krasnogvardeysky district court of St. Petersburg sentenced a former police officer Vladimir Sharapov to 8 years’ imprisonment in a strict regime prison under Part 4, Article 111 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Vladimir Sharapov was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm that caused death of the victim. The woman that died from beating had been repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for prostitution. The court also awarded to victim’s mother 1 million rubles in respect of non-pecuniary damage and all expenditures associated with the burial.
The court established that Sharapov, who was a patrol officer at a parking lot at the time when the crime was committed, began to beat the victim about 2 a.m. He hit the woman in the head at least two times, and kicked her in the stomach at least once. After that, together with his friends, he forced the victim into the car and drove towards the Ladoga Lake. During the trip, the criminals realized that the victim had died from the beating, threw the body into the bushes and covered it with reeds.
Forensic experts concluded that the woman had died of blunt abdominal trauma accompanied by strong hemorrhage due to spleen rupture.