A woman is accused of plotting to kill dozens of randomly-chosen people – a minimum of 40, according to the prosecution – at her former school in Kokkola, Western Finland, indicate documents released as the main proceedings in the case began at the District Court of Helsinki on Friday.
The documents also indicate that the woman had placed an order for a .22-calibre handgun, assault rifle, hand grenades, short-barrelled shotgun, pepper spray and ammunition.
The suspect was arrested after one of her friends contacted the police in August.
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She has consequently been charged with the preparation of an aggravated offence against life or health, firearms offence, attempted firearms offence and drug offence. The man who was to deliver the firearms to her is also facing criminal charges.
The prosecution highlights in the application for a summons that the defendant had devised a meticulous plan in order to guarantee as high a number of casualties as possible. The woman, the prosecutor points out, had identified a school she knows as her target, practised shooting and taken a loan to acquire the firearms.
The defendant has admitted to trying to acquire the handgun but denied trying to acquire the assault rifle, shotgun, hand grenades and pepper spray.
She has also confessed to devising a plan to kill multiple people in a school shooting but rejected the charge of preparing an aggravated offence against life or health on grounds that she had yet to decide whether or not to carry out the attack.
Helsingin Sanomat reports that the woman has struggled with mental health issues since childhood.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi