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Serial killer jailed in Ukraine

Serhiy Tkach in court, 23 Dec 08
Tkach allegedly used his police training to cover his tracks

A court in eastern Ukraine has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the murder and rape of about 40 girls and young women over 25 years.

At the trial in Dnipropetrovsk, Serhiy Tkach claimed he had murdered 100 people and said he was an animal who deserved the death penalty.

An ex-policeman, he suffocated girls aged between eight and 18 and performed sexual acts on their bodies.

Over the years 10 innocent people were jailed for murders he had committed.

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