A Russian court has freed a cannibal Alexei Gorulenko who ate his friend, 44-year-old Andrei Kurochkin during a fishing expedition in frozen Siberia. The victim was eaten by his friends Alexei Gorulenko and Alexander Abdullaev.
The fishermen had been missing for nearly two months after their vehicle sunk in a frozen river in Serbia stranding the ice-fishing party in one of the most isolated spots in the world.
The court dismissed the murder charge against Gorulenko while convicting him for a suspended three-and-a-half year jail sentence for causing bodily harm. Abdullaev, 37, was not charged but treated as a witness.
Daily Mail reports:
A Russian cannibal who admitted to eating his friend on a Siberian fishing expedition walked free from court despite confessing to the jury that he wasn’t even hungry when he ate him.
The victim’s distraught wife Olga Korochkin, 38, spoke out of her ‘horror’ at her husband’s brutal killing after she revealed that all she’s been left with is his foot with toes, one finger, and the back of his skull with some hair.
Her husband, Andrei Kurochkin, 44, was eaten by his close friends – Alexei Gorulenko and Alexander Abdullaev – fishermen who got lost for months during an expedition in frozen Siberia.
His wife said: ‘Can you imagine what I have left? One foot with toes, one finger, and the back of his skull with some hair. This is it.
‘This is all I have left from the man I loved. Having just these remains, how can I say goodbye to him? I have got almost nothing to cry over…sorry, I can’t think about it, I am losing my mind with this.
‘I never expected such horror could come into my life. It has ruined not just my life, but also the lives of all our relatives, and we are a big family’, she said, according to the Siberian Times.
‘Now I want these cannibals to be punished. I fear our police are not keen to investigate this case properly. Our law does not say a word about cannibalism, it is not a crime.’
During the court case in Russia to decide the mens fate both made the shocking admission that they weren’t really that hungry when they sliced up their friend and ate him.
The prosecution at the trial in Neryungri alleged Mr Korochkin, was beaten by the two fishermen who then dismembered, cooked and ate the man’s corpse.
Forensic examinations of the recovered body showed that sections of flesh had been carefully sliced away while joints had been butchered.
The court heard how they carried his body with them as they sought to escape their frozen hell.
The dreadful revelations prompted Mr Kurochkin’s family to argue that his friends had butchered him to death and they should be on trial for murder.
But the court threw out the murder charge and convicted Alexei Gorulenko of causing bodily harm for which he was given a suspended three-and-a-half year jail sentence.