Solin murderer Luka Juretić (26) was today sentenced to 50 years in prison. The sentence passed down to him is the highest ever to be given by any court in Croatia. The sentencing hearing took place at the Split County Court. Solin murderer Luka Juretić received the 50 years for the aggravated murder of his 92-year-old neighbour and the attempted murder of his wife (87).
Previously, Solin murderer Juretić had been found guilty of brutally killing his neighbour with a knife, a mallet and a hammer. The incident took place in 2019. He also hit his neighbour’s wife on the head. She sustained an injury from the blow which two months later caused her death.
Juretić was sentenced to 35 years for the aggravated murder of Vicenza Uvodic, and to 23 years for the aggravated attempted murder of his wife Senka Uvodic. The single sentence passed down to the Solin murderer was one of 50 years.
Juretić was not in the courtroom at the time of sentencing. In addition to the 50 years he also received a compulsory order for the treatment of addiction.
According to an article in today’s Index, in her closing speech, Deputy County State’s Attorney Rene Laura said that the Solin murderer had “entered his neighbours’ apartment in a very fraudulent way. They let him into the apartment with full confidence because he was looking for flour for pancakes.”
Luka Juretić’s defence attorney, Boris Majić, a lawyer from Split, said that his client, the Solin murderer, didn’t remember anything of the incident.
Following the attack, the Solin murderer was found to have stolen a wristwatch, gold jewelry, coins, chocolates, lighters and paper clips from the apartment of his neighbours. He then went two floors up, to his own apartment, where he was later arrested because Senka Uvodić was still alive when first discovered and said who attacked them.
Juretić’s defence attorney had argued previously that the items seized by the police were confiscated illegally and should therefore not be taken into consideration at the trial.