Palfreeman Bulgarian Court Case Set to Continue December 2

Crime | November 18, 2009, Wednesday // 15:37|  views

The case against Australian Paul "Jock" Palfreeman, accused of murder and attempted murder, will resume on December 2. Photo by BGNES

The case for the defense will begin on December 2 at the Municipal Court of Sofia (SSC), in the ongoing murder trial of Australian Paul “Jock” Palfreeman.

Polfreeman’s defence request for a new fifth expertise to establish the condition of Monov after a probable consumption of alcohol, was rejected by the magistrates on the grounds that this had already been established with previous expert testimony.

The fatal stabbing occurred in Sveta Nedelya Sofia square on December 28, 2007. Antoan Zahariev, Monov’s friend, was also severely wounded in the incident.

Palfreeman stands accused of the murder of Monov and of the attempted murder of Zahariev. The families of the victims have requested compensation of EUR 230 000.

At a previous court hearing in January, Polfreeman had denied both charges, and said that he had merely tried to defend himself from a group of men who attacked him.

He had admitted that he had a knife on him, and that he had taken it out to protect himself and two other friends of his.

Under Bulgarian legislation, if proven guilty, Polfreeman may be jailed for at least 15 years, but he can extradited to Australia to serve his sentence there.

Medical specialists have determined that the death of Andrei Monov resulted from a sudden, strong knife stab, according to the conclusive medical expert reports submitted to the court. The reports clarified the type of wounds and the way they were inflicted.

In an earlier court session, expert Antoan Dalukov had explained that the video surveillance cameras in the center of Sofia had not managed to record the moment of the murder.

The court case began in May 2009, and have been postponed several times, because witnesses had failed to turn up, and with delayed presentation of expert testimony and reports.

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Tags: Paul “Jock” Palfreeman, Antoan Zahariev, Andrei Monov, SSC, murder trial, Australia


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