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Wife-killer can't explain why he did brutal crime

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A Man convicted of brutally killing his wife in 2010 with repeated hammer blows to the head spoke for the first time Thursday during a sentencing hearing.

Miloslav Kapsik told the court he couldn't explain why he 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."

A jury found Kapsik guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting his request to be found not criminally responsible.

His defence was that he was suffering a severe mental disorder.

On the night of the killing, Kapsik and his wife Ludmila, 59, were watching a hockey game in their apartment when he got up, got a hammer from a storage room and attacked his wife from behind. He struck her 57 times, even as she tried to crawl away from him.

After the attack, Kapsik admitted he washed his wife's blood from his hands and face, changed his clothes and sat on his couch 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.

The couple did not have a history of violence.

Kapsik automatically receives a life sentence. The only question is how many years he must serve before he's eligible for parole.

Defence and Crown counsel presented arguments for parole eligibility Thursday, with Crown prosecutor Jennifer Mann requesting Kapsik serve at least 15 years and defence counsel Greg Brodsky arguing Kapsik should serve the minimum 10 years.

Simonsen reserved her sentencing decision until April 17.

The sentencing hearing was delayed three weeks to allow Kapsik's in-laws, who live in the Czech Republic, to file a victim-impact statement.

Kapsik told Simonsen he had no recollection of his attack two years ago, repeating the argument Brodsky made that he belonged in a mental hospital, not a prison.

"I am sorry for what I did. I apologize to her family...

"I am old man to be locked up. I should belong in mental hospital, not jail."

Kapsik said he wasn't worried about going to prison, adding he looks forward to the day he dies and can be buried alongside his wife.

He said there had been no problems in his marriage and he got along well with his in-laws.

Kapsik said he was told he would be offered an opportunity to serve his prison sentence in the Czech Republic, but he rejected the offer, explaining he could never show himself to his family or his wife's family in his home country.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2013 A6

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