TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS
TALLINN - Police have said that they believe the recent horrific quadruple murder that took place in the northeastern town of Kohtla-Järve last week was the result of a domestic dispute.
Evidence shows that it could have been the head of the family, Ilja, who seized the knife and stabbed both his girlfriend and her friend to death, the prosecutor's office reported today. The stab wounds of the fourth victim, the 14 months old girl, suggest that the infant was probably not deliberately killed but sustained the wounds during the adults' struggle.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Ilja committed suicide after killing the three others, stabbing himself in the neck.
A forensic examination will establish the victims' time of death, but initial observations indicate the killings took place shortly before police arrived at the scene.