HMA v Aldis Minakovskis

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 March 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Aldis Minakovskis to 13 years and eight months imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Aigars Upenieks.

On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“Aldis Minakovskis, you were convicted by the jury at Aberdeen High Court on 10 February 2017 of killing your Latvian compatriot and friend Aigars Upenieks in Dundee on 23 December 2015 by striking him repeatedly on the body with a knife in the course of an argument after drink had been taken by both of you.

The evidence showed that you inflicted three blows to his upper body with the knife.

One of these blows entered through the right upper arm and went into the right lung, dividing a major artery. The wound tract was 26 cm long, the extent of most, if not all of the blade, and caused his death.

Another blow caused two wounds, an entry wound and an exit wound. The force used by you was such that the handle became detached from the knife in the course of one of the wounds being inflicted.

After the attack you left your victim lying in the stairwell of the block of flats and made off.

The jury made a finding that the killing was not provoked by your victim.

You are now 25 years old and have no previous convictions. At the time of the incident you were in full-time employment at a car wash, working seven days a week.

I have considered the terms of the criminal justice social work report on you and all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation.

Nevertheless, I must have regard principally to the fact that you took the life of another man by stabbing him repeatedly in the back with a lethal weapon and without there having been any provocation.

The appropriate sentence for this crime, which comes very high on the scale of crimes of culpable homicide, is 15 years imprisonment, but I must give you credit for the period of eight months you spent in prison on remand before you were granted bail, which is the equivalent of a sentence of 16 months imprisonment.

The sentence which I impose is therefore 13 years eight months imprisonment, to run from 10 February 2017.”