At the request of the administrator of the shopping arcade in the center of Białystok, an employee of a computer shop was to construct a “bomb”. This one included firecrackers and two plastic gasoline bottles. Although firecrackers exploded, the gasoline did not catch fire. The court convicted both men of bringing “imminent danger” of an explosive explosion.
On September 3, 2018, after 3 p.m., an explosion occurred in a shopping arcade in the center of Białystok, triggered by the use of a primitive explosive device. Fortunately, no one was injured and there was no serious material loss. There was also no need to evacuate employees or customers.
A computer store employee pleaded guilty and apologized
According to the indictment, the explosive device was prepared by the first of the men. It consisted of, among others with firecrackers, two plastic bottles filled with gasoline, an electric switch and a transformer. It was the administrator who was supposed to detonate the charge remotely from his room. There was an explosion of firecrackers and there was a danger of gasoline igniting, which, however, did not happen.
At the beginning of the trial, an employee of the computer store pleaded guilty, expressed remorse and apologized. He claimed that he had prepared the charge at the request of the other accused. He got PLN 300 for it, which was to cover the costs.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the building administrator wanted to arouse interest
The second of the accused, however, denied that he had any connection with it. However, the prosecution believes that the 67-year-old wanted – through a mock “coup” – to arouse self-interest and sympathy among the users of the passage, who complained about the way in which he administered the premises in the building.
The District Court in Białystok sentenced both defendants to the same sentences on Wednesday (October 6) – 10 months in prison, suspended for two years. They are also supposed to pay 15 thousand. PLN costs of the proceedings.
In the legal classification, the court assumed that there had been an “immediate danger” of an explosion of explosives as an event that threatened life, health and property.
Fortunately, the gasoline did not catch fire
The experts assessed that, although firecrackers, which were part of the constructed cargo, exploded, fortunately the gasoline did not catch fire. This would only cause a fire and unpredictable consequences.
Judge Ewa Dakowicz, in the oral justification of the judgment, emphasized that the court found credible the statements of the former defendant about the role of the latter. She added that without the participation of both of the accused, the criminal act would not have taken place.
The court also decided that a suspended sentence would suffice in this case. He also took into account the previous clean criminal record of both men. On the other hand, the costs of the trial are so high, because the largest part of them were the opinions of experts, incl. in the field of firefighting and testing of explosives.
Defender of Roman L: The verdict is a total surprise for me
The judgment is not final. The prosecution wanted slightly higher suspended sentences. On the other hand, the defense attorney of one of the accused of acquittal, and of the other – a possibly mild sentence, assuming that the punishment proposed by the prosecutor is too severe.
So you can expect appeals.
– The verdict is a total surprise for me – said Mariusz Truszkowski in front of the TVN24 camera, in front of the TVN24 camera, who is Roman L.’s defense attorney. Where the evidence contradicted these explanations – and it was objective evidence, because it was derived from expert opinions – the court made a story and matched it.
The explosion took place in 2018 in one of the shopping arcades in Białystok
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