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Koskela teen death trial concludes

The Helsinki District Court will announce its final verdict on 24 March.

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The trial of three teenagers accused of murdering a 16-year-old boy in the Koskela district of Helsinki last December concluded at Helsinki District Court on Wednesday. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

The trial of three teenagers accused of murdering a 16-year-old boy in the Koskela district of Helsinki last December concluded at Helsinki District Court on Wednesday.

In addition to murder charges, the prosecutor filed charges for a total of nine assaults, robbery and incitement to robbery for previous incidents.

The prosecutor asked the oldest defendant to be sentenced to a minimum of 12 years imprisonment. He has been accused of committing the most violent acts on the victim.

The prosecutor asked the youngest of the three defendants to be sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison. He had known the victim since childhood.

The third defendant has been asked by the prosecutor to serve a minimum of nine years and six months in prison. He had also known the victim since childhood.

A psychiatric assessment on all three defendants has been requested, and they have all given their consent for the assessment. The outcome of the assessment may have an impact on the sentencing.

The Helsinki District Court will announce its final verdict on 24 March.

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