Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/4/2013 5:29 PM | Comments: 0
A man convicted of brutally killing his wife two years ago with repeated hammer blows to the head spoke publicly for the first time Thursday during a sentencing hearing.
Miloslav Kapsik told the court that he couldn’t explain why he had killed his wife, adding that living his remaining days without her is his greatest punishment.
"I was married for 36 years," Kapsik told Justice Karen Simonsen. "We was happy all that time... I don’t know what I can say."
Kapsik was found guilty of second-degree murder last month by a jury, which rejected the defence's request he be found not criminally responsible due to severe mental disorders he was sufffering at the time of the attack.
On the night of the killing, Kapsik and his wife Ludmila, who was 59 at the time of her death, were watching a hockey game in their apartment when he got up, picked up a hammer from a storage room and attacked her from behind, striking her in the head 57 times.
After the attack, Kapsik admitted he'd washed his wife's blood from his hands and face, changed his clothes and sat on his couch for about an hour before calling 911 and telling the operator, "I hurt my wife, send the police."
When questioned by police for hours, Kapsik offered no explanation for his actions. He did not testify at his trial.
Kapsik automatically receives a life sentence, the only question remains how many years he must serve before being eligible for parole.
Defence and crown counsel presented arguments for parole eligibility Thursday, with Crown prosecutor Jennifer Mann requesting Kapsik serve 15 years, while defence counsel Greg Brodsky said Kapsik should serve the minimum of 10 years.
Following their verdict, a poll of the jurors found four said he should serve a minimum of 10 years before being eligible for parole, one said he should serve 15 years and the other seven jurors made no recommendation.
Simonsen reserved a decision on sentencing to April 17.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Police search behind Siloam Mission after 2 downtown homicides
Killer preying on the homeless
Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages
CMHR wins four innovation awards
Rob Ford driver had $900 in drug money: cop
Winnipeg weather forecast looks mighty good
Relief for families of Manitoba travellers
Fifth Quick Care clinic to be located at 115 Vermillion Road
Niakwa Country Club to host 2016 PGA Tour Canada’s Players Cup
Conservatives spend $13.5M on budget ad blitz
Residence not defined: Senate official
Ashton a shoo-in for shuffled cabinet, but rebels' fate in question
New Canadian defence chief appointed
Local charities under scrutiny for their political activities
Ondaatje withdraws from PEN gala, cites honour for Charlie Hebdo
Overtime victory a lesson for Wheat Kings
Brandon hit-and-run victim critical; police seek public's help
New condos planned for Crestview
Quacking duck ringtone helps firefighter rescue ducklings
Canada signs on to treaty to help the blind
Truckers at nation's biggest port complex strike over wages
Leave your selfie sticks at home, say Wimbledon organizers
Russia tightens ban on European food imports
Jury trial for man charged in python case
Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories
Albuquerque police seek UFC champ Jon Jones in hit-and-run
Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening
Hawaii telescope website taken down in apparent cyberattack
No perfect bullpen strategy, but depth, flexibility help
Chief orders Kashechewan's entire evacuation
Currency eats into Tim Hortons Q1 revenue
PEI party leaders to debate tonight
Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film
Chipotle finishes removing GMO ingredients from its food
Change to Greek bailout negotiating team fuels market hopes