Bratislava, Slovakia – Juraj Hossu, the Slovak man charged with the killing of Filipino expat Henry Acorda, has been handed an extended jail sentence by local authorities.
Juraj Hossu, a 28-year-old man from the southern city of Dunajská Streda who pleaded guilty to murdering Henry Acorda, was sentenced to six years in prison in May.
But on Tuesday, the Regional Court in Bratislava overruled the May verdict, initially challenged by the public prosecutor’s office to demand a stronger punishment, toughening the sentence by three years to a total of nine years of imprisonment in a minimum security prison.
Henry Acorda, a 36-year-old financial analyst from the Philippines living in Bratislava, was attacked in summer last year by Juraj Hossu when he tried to prevent him from attacking a female friend, according to reports.
The whole incident, which took place during the night on Obchodna street, in the center of Bratislava, was caught on CCTV cameras.
Hossu, who was reportedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time and has been forced by the court to undergo an addiction therapy, later pleaded guilty to killing Henry Acorda and apologized to his family.