National Museum: The girl started the fire extinguishing system, the sentence does not apply

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Maya L. deliberately set off a fire extinguisher in one of the museum’s exhibition halls in March 2022. 716 kilograms of special gas, which prevents burning, began to flow into the space from two tanks. The system thus lost its ability to fulfill its purpose, and several rooms with museum exhibits lost fire protection. For the crime of damaging and jeopardizing the operation of a publicly beneficial facility, the risk of causing significant damage is one to six years in prison. In February of this year, Lázna decided on a suspended sentence with a three-year probationary period.

Maya L. (23) in court. (March 27, 2023)

Author: Blesk: Renata Matějková

The Municipal Court in Prague annulled the judgment and ordered the same case to another panel. This has never happened to me before,” said Lázna, who works at the District Court for Prague 1, on Monday. According to him, the appeals panel concluded from an email in which Lázna wrote to the invited expert witness that the defense attorney’s objection came “classically at the last minute.” .

At the trial, the defense attorney tried to prove that the girl was mentally ill, but this was refuted by a constitutional report from the Bohnice psychiatric hospital. According to the lawyer, this revision opinion was biased. The public prosecutor, in agreement with the authors of the review opinion, believes that the girl was sane at the time of the crime. Two days before the incident, Maya L. was released from a short-term psychiatric hospitalization, where she received an injection that releases a substance that prevents delusions into the body. According to the public prosecutor, the girl apparently did not primarily intend to cause damage to the museum, but acted without thinking about the consequences, which fits into her personality disorder.

When the case is returned for a new hearing, the criminal code allows the appeal panel to simultaneously order a hearing and decision in a different composition of the panel of the court of first instance. However, such a step is not common and is approached only when the case is repeatedly returned for failure to respect the instructions of the appeals court.



Maya L. (23) in court. (March 27, 2023)

Maya L. (23) in court. (March 27, 2023)

Author: Blesk: Renata Matějková


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