Friday, July 20, 2018

Russian boxer suspected of beating man to death

An amateur boxer from the Torpedo Moscow club is suspected of beating a man to death outside a nightclub near Yekaterinburg.

On October 21, the body of a man in his late twenties was found outside a club in Kamensk-Uralsky, according to police spokesman Valery Gorlykh, RIA Novosti reports.

The 22-year-old boxer was targeted as the prime suspect after police viewed security camera footage. Neither his name nor that of the victim has been released.

A fight broke out at the Shokolad nightclub, presumably over a girl, Gorelykh said. The boxer fled the scene and was found at his parents' apartment. It is not clear whether or not he denies any wrongdoing, though he will meet with police to go over the evidence, according to RIA Novosti.

A manslaughter investigation has been opened by the local Investigative Committee branch. Charges could carry up to 15 years in prison.

The incident is similar to a case in which Rasul Mirzaev, a Russian martial arts champion who is currently on trial for killing a 19-year-old student with a blow to the face. The case will be decided on evidence of whether the death was from the punch or from the victim hitting his head on the ground as he fell, RIA Novosti reports.