MOSCOW, February 10 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has delivered an absolutory sentence with respect to ex-owner of Moscow’s confectionary Menshevik Ilya Averyanov acquitted earlier by jury in a guard murder case, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Monday.

On January 29, 2020, jurors acquitted Averyanov of killing a guard during the shooting on the factory’s premises in 2017 and beating a passerby, who burnt up poplar wool near the factory in 2016.

Thus, Averyanov was found not guilty of intended infliction of severe bodily harm and murder.

Investigators claimed that on December 27, 2017, a conflict arose between former and current owners of the factory. Ex-owner Averyanov allegedly took out the gun and shot several times, fatally wounding a guard.

The defendant insisted that he used the gun for the purposes of self-defense, and a shot was fired recklessly.