The man was legally sentenced to ten years in prison for stabbing a receptionist at a hotel in Buda in 2001 and then hiding in Mexico for seventeen years.
According to the Budapest Court of Appeal, on September 28, 2001, the accused, together with one of his associates, checked into a hotel in Buda under a pseudonym, with false documents and personal data in order to stay there.
commit crimes against property using the former method. Shortly afterwards, they were joined by a third companion.
The receptionist has been familiar with the accused and his associates since
the hotel also had a series of thefts in November 2000, and people with similar personal identities emerged as perpetrators.
In the evening, the accused and his companions entered the hotel’s German guests ’room with a fake key and took a camera and a cell phone.
Meanwhile, at the receptionist’s signal, the hotel owner and staff questioned the accused and his companions and began to quarrel.
Then the accused cut them with a knife. The receptionist was stabbed in the chest and on the left side of her belly at least twice with moderate force and then fled. One of the accused’s companions also fled, the other was captured by police at the scene.
The hotel owner and helpers suffered injuries that healed within eight days, while the receptionist was in a life-threatening condition. His life was saved by rapid medical care, chest exploration surgery.
The accused escaped to Mexico and began a new life with a false identity. He was arrested by the authorities there in 2018 on the basis of an international arrest warrant and then transported to Hungary. He was under arrest until February 1, 2019, and then under criminal supervision on bail. After the verdict at first instance was handed down, his arrest was finally ordered again.
According to the panel’s statement, the Metropolitan Court of First Instance also found that the accused and one of his associates had been punished several times since the 1990s for property crimes, including hotel thefts. On June 24 last year, the court sentenced the man to 8 years in prison for attempted homicide for a vile reason and ordered him to pay almost 600,000 forints in criminal costs.
The Metropolitan Court of Appeals, which was acting in the second instance, aggravated the term of imprisonment from eight to ten years. The man may be released on parole at the earliest after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
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