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18-year-old handed 5 year prison term for Helsinki Metro stabbing

The defendant was convicted on charges of attempted manslaughter, attempted aggravated assault and making illegal threats in May.

Ruoholahden metroaseman liukuportaat.
The incident occurred at Ruoholahti Metro station in May this year. Image: Eleni Paspatis / Yle

On Tuesday Helsinki District Court sentenced an 18-year-old man to five years and eight months in prison on two charges of attempted manslaughter, one charge of attempted aggravated assault and two charges of making illegal threats.

The court ruled that the defendant tried to kill a minor by stabbing the victim in the back at Ruoholahti Metro station in May. He then attempted to stab two other bystanders before threatening to kill another two people, according to the court.

In addition to the custodial sentence, the defendant was ordered to pay compensation to the victims totalling about 11,685 euros as well as paying the victims' legal costs.

The judgement is not yet considered to be final, as the defendant has the right to apply to reconsider the decision at the Court of Appeal.

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