Wednesday, 3 January 2007

The Murder of Oxana Rodionova

On 8 March 2003, 24-year-old Russian student Oxana Rodionova was murdered in Maida Vale, north London.

She had been strangled.

On 25 April, Sergey Shcherbakov was arrested in connection with her death.

In January 2004, a jury cleared Shcherbakov of involvement in her death. However, he admitted conspiring to burgle the flat she shared with two other Russian women and was jailed for three years.

Scherbakov told the police that it was a Ukrainian man with whom he went to rob the flat who murdered Oxana. He said that he was upstairs and out of the room when the Ukranian was attacking her. The alleged killer has never been found.

"It vass not me, your honour, it vass ze Ukrainian Ripper!"
And a British jury believes him.

And he gets three years.

If I was in charge of this country's courts, there would be a job for a curmudgeonly old bloke whose only duty was to make sure that the jury kept its eyes open and attention focused.

The old bloke would be given a long stick with which he could poke those who fell asleep or looked like doing so. Perverse verdicts, like the one described above, would be much less likely to occur as a result.

This is Oxana:

Oxana came to London in September 2002, ostensibly to study English and enrolled at a school.

She never attended the course, however, instead she registered with an 'escort agency.'

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