The 16 year sentence for murder of a 34-old Czech was confirmed for US citizen Gilbert Ferguson McCrae at a Prague appeal court on Wednesday. His defence contested the verdict with the prosecution calling for an even stiffer sentence of 18 years. McCrae's lawyer said he will likely appeal to the Supreme Court.
An American citizen long resident in the Czech Republic has pleaded not guilty to murder charges at the Prague Municipal Court. Gilbert Ferguson McCrae, 52, is accused of having shot another passenger on the No. 22 tram in the head with a handgun that was later recovered at his apartment along with several other firearms.
Shortly after noon on Friday, police in the town of Polička summoned the ambulance service to the nearby village Široký Důl, near Svitavy in eastern Bohemia, after a man appeared at their station and reported that his partner was injured and a child was unconscious and lying in a pool of blood at their home.
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejčíř, a suspect in fraud cases both in his homeland and in South Africa, handed himself over to police in Johannesburg early Friday morning. He will be charged with insurance fraud for faking cancer and questioned about unsolved murders: In a raid of his luxury villa on Tuesday, the country’s elite “Hawks” police unit discovered what they called a “hit list” of people Krejčíř had either had killed or wanted to murder so that they could not testify against him.
Otakar Tomek, the man accused of raping and murdering 9-year-old Anna Janatková, died in a Prague hospital on Tuesday morning. He had been hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after attempting to commit suicide in his Prague’s Pankrác prison cell by hanging himself with clothing; doctors said that Tomek had suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.