Suspect in murdering family of five in Tula to undergo psychiatric examination

MOSCOW, August 4 (Itar-Tass) —— The man suspected in the murder of the family of five, including three children, in the central Russian city of Tula will undergo psychiatric examination, a spokesman for the Russian Investigations Committee told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“Investigators will soon bring charges against the man, a resident of Tula, and will demands his arrest,” Vladimir Markin said.

“Investigators believe the suspect was driven basically by profit motives, it is proved by the fact that he stole so many valuable things,” he said. “Investigative actions will be continued. On Thursday, the testimony will be checked on site.”

Investigators have already “found a lot of other evidence, including physical evidence, proving that the man was involved in the brutal murder,” Markin said.

Police detained a local resident, a man of 26 years of age, who knew the family. “He got acquainted with the mother of the three children, Maria Shkarupa, back in 2008, when she asked him to repair her PC. He had rendered various services to the family ever since,” Markin said. “The man has confessed his involvement in the murder and described in detail how he had committed each of the murders and what he did next to hide the vestiges of the crime. He also told investigator where he had put belongings of the murdered family.”

Thus, according to the spokesman, “experts from the Russian Investigations Committee and officers of the interior ministry have promptly found and detained the man suspected of slaying five persons, including three children, in Tula.”

According to earlier reports, the suspect was a common-law husband to the murdered mother of the three children.

To help the investigation, police psychologists drew a psychological profile of a possible murdered.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has ordered to give awards to police officers who took part in the investigation.

Five people, two women of 60 and 35 and three boys aged four, five and nine, were found slain on in an apartment of a residential house in Tula, a city located some 200 kilometers north of Moscow, on August 1. The victims’ heads were smashed, supposedly with a hammer. The elder woman moved to the regional center four years ago. Prior to that, she worked for the Yekaterinburg diocese. In Tula, she was a singer at a monastery choir. Her daughter worked for a real estate firm.

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