Judge, family beheaded in Ukraine

A district judge and three of his family members were beheaded in a medieval-styled bloodbath in Ukraine`s Kharkov region.

Moscow: A district judge and three of his family members were beheaded in a medieval-styled bloodbath in Ukraine`s Kharkov region.

Four beheaded bodies were discovered in the judge`s apartment by a relative Saturday, which was also the "Judicial Employee Day" in the country, police said.

The judge was identified as 58-year-old Vladimir Trofimov.

The other victims were his 59-year-old wife, 30-year-old son and the son`s 29-year-old girlfriend, whose names were withheld.

Police said the mass murder could have been connected to the judge`s professional activity, but reported no leads.

The most famous beheading in Ukraine`s recent history took place in 2000. Whistleblowing journalist Georgy Gongadze, who criticised then-president Leonid Kuchma for corruption, was killed.

Three police officers were convicted over Gongadze`s death, but a recent controversial ruling cleared Kuchma in the case.

IANS

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