Carrying out the plot would have been impossible, the defence argued on Friday.
DISTRICT Prosecutor Kimmo Virtanen demanded in his closing statement at the District Court of Helsinki on Friday that the young man and woman accused of plotting a killing spree at the University of Helsinki be sentenced to prison terms of a minimum of three years and six months.
The maximum punishment for the preparation of an aggravated offence directed against the health and life of others is four years' imprisonment.
In addition, Virtanen demanded that a psychological evaluation be conducted on the suspects.
The defendants, in turn, rejected the charges, reiterating in their closing statements that they had no intention of carrying out the mass murder plot. If found guilty, a fitting punishment would be 12-18 months' imprisonment, they estimated.
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They also insisted that a psychological evaluation would not be necessary.
The trial proceedings continued on Friday, with the District Court of Helsinki hearing the testimony of a 17-year-old girl, who the male defendant had asked to participate in the attack. The girl said that she had continued the correspondence with the man in order to be able to expose the murder plot and ultimately told two of her friends about it, one of whom contacted the police.
In addition, a number of experts were on Friday called to the stand to assess the likelihood the suspects could have carried out their plot to obtain firearms by robbing a gun shop and to manufacture toxic arsine gas.
The defendants have argued that the plot would have been unfeasible.
Gun shop owners underlined in court that firearms are never handed over to customers before discussing their intended use and licence issues. Whether or not the customer is allowed to hold the firearm will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the seller, the owners stressed.
If everything appears to be in order, the customer will be allowed to hold the firearm, said one proprietor, prompting the prosecutor to ask whether it would then be possible for the customer to insert a magazine into the firearm, as conspired by the suspects. "Yes, it's possible," the proprietor replied.
The male defendant on Friday also admitted to the charge of the possession of sexually obscene pictures depicting children, after police discovered 28 videos on his computer of minors performing sex acts.
Lasse Kerkelä – HS