Paulfreeman May Face Life Sentence in BulgariaCrime | January 19, 2011, Wednesday // 11:47| views
Jock Palfreeman has been charged with the murder of 20 year-old Andrey Monov and the attempted murder of 19 year-old Antoan Zahariev. Photo by BGNES
Sofia's Prosecutor's Office of Appeal has demanded a life sentence for the Australian citizen Jock Palfreeman.
The appeal trial against Jock Palfreeman's current 20-year jail sentence returned to the Bulgarian court on January 19, the fifth day of his appeal hearing, after his father, a key member of the legal defence team, failed to get to the court on December 22 due to the bad weather at European airports.
Palfreeman has been charged with the murder of 20 year-old Andrey Monov and the attempted murder of 19 year-old Antoan Zahariev in downtown Sofia in the early hours of December 28 2007.
The accusing side, on behalf of Monov and Zahariev's parents, stated before the court on Wednesday that the crime committed by the Australian has been violent and highly dangerous for with a high level of danger for society, and have therefore demanded the maximum sentence.
"He [Palfreeman] has never felt remorse for what he has done," Hristo Monov, the victim's father and Asst. Prof. in Psychology has said before the court.
According to Bulgarian prosecutors, who asked for life imprisonment for the defendant, Palfreeman was not provoked and did not act in self-defense, as he has claimed.
Wednesday's hearing is currently ongoing.