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36-year marriage was 'happy,' says Winnipeg man who killed wife with hammer

Sentencing decision reserved to April 17

Posted: 04/4/2013 5:29 PM | Comments: 0

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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.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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