Pair jailed for French family's murder in Moscow break-in

18th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow judge handed two Uzbeks life sentences on Monday for the murders of a French businessman, his Russian wife and their three-year-old daughter, news agencies reported.

According to prosecutors, Khurshid Normouradov and Rustam Kharissov strangled Frenchman Thierry Spinelli, his wife Olga and their daughter Elise before setting fire to their apartment in the centre of Moscow two years ago.

They stole at least 20,000 euros ($28,500) and valuables, prosecutors said.

The two Uzbeks were working in a flat above that of Spinelli, a representative for France Direct Vignobles in Russia, a company promoting Bordeaux wines.

In a bid to steal his car, they caused a flood in his appartment. When Spinelli went up to see what had happened, they hit him over the head with a metal bar before strangling him.

Taking his apartment keys, they then demanded his wife hand over their valuables. On discovering a wine collection, the pair drank and then raped the woman before strangling her. Then they killed the three-year-old daughter and set fire to the apartment in a failed bid to conceal their crime.

Two accomplices, a Russian and an Uzbek, were sentenced to 12 and 10 years in jail respectively. They helped the killers escape the scene of the crime, to pawn the valuables, and supplied them with false papers.

© 2011 AFP

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