Saturday, November 25, 2017

Trial of Irina Gaidamachuk begins

The trial of Irina Gaidamachuk, who is charged with killing 17 female pensioners in Russia's Sverdlovsk region, began on Thursday, Jan. 26, the local prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Gaidamachuk, who is 40 and the mother of two, confessed to posing as a social worker to enter the homes of her victims, who were between the ages of 61 to 89, and then killing them with a hammer before robbing their flats, reports RIA Novosti.

The murders took place in various cities and towns across the Sverdlovsk region in the Urals between 2002 and 2010. Gaidamachuk was arrested in June 2010.

The formal investigation by Russian Investigative Committee, which concluded earlier this month, lasted for five years, with police questioning 3,000 witnesses and 21 victims. Officers conducted more than 2,000 forensic examinations, according to Itar-Tass.

The criminal case against Gaidamachuk consists of 436 charges. Psychiatric tests ruled that she is mentally competent.