The judgment of the Kuopio school sword attack 2019 has been appealed in the Eastern Finland Court of Appeal on Thursday and the hearing is expected to last six days.
Last November, the North Savo District Court convicted Joel Marin to life imprisonment when convicted of one murder charge and 20 attempted murder.
The attack took place at Savo University of Applied Sciences in the classroom of the Kuopio shopping center. A young Ukrainian woman was killed and ten other people – including the suspect – were injured in the accident.
In his judgment, the district court found that Marin was reasonable at the time of the attack and fully understood what he was doing. This verdict was based on a psychological assessment by the Department of Health and Welfare (THL) and was supported by evidence that he had planned the attack for more than a year.
However, in his application to the Court of Appeal, Marin argued that he should be found guilty of a lesser charge and that his sentence should be reduced from life imprisonment to imprisonment. Finland’s longest fixed term of imprisonment is 12 years, while a "life" sentencing means an average of 14-15 years behind inmates.
"We go to the Court of Appeal with much the same arguments as the District Court," Marin’s defense attorney Matti Niiranen told Yle.
In addition to the perpetrator’s complaint, six victims have appealed the district court’s verdict and asked for an increase for injuries sustained in the attack.
Source: The Nordic Page