Father Who Killed Pedophile for Abusing 6-Year-Old Daughter Escapes Murder Charges
Russian man had found disturbing footage on his friend’s phone,
A Russian father who is suspected of killing a pedophile for sexually abusing his 6-year-old daughter has escaped murder charges, according to reports.
34-year-old Vyacheslav ‘Slava’ Matrosov was accused of stabbing his former friend Oleg Sviridov to death in a forest last year after making him dig his own grave.
Matrosov had found disturbing footage on his friend’s phone, which showed his daughter being forced to perform sex acts.
The horrific video reportedly showed the young child begging Sviridov to stop and asking him to take her home.
Matrosov was facing murder charges, but they were later dropped, according to The Daily Mail.
The father is now facing prosecution for “inciting a person to suicide or attempted suicide by threats or abuse.”
The charge carries a maximum of six years in prison, much less than the previous murder charge.
Investigators dropped the murder charge after obtaining detailed forensic evidence that Matrosov had not stabbed Sviridov.
Matrosov denied killing Sviridov intentionally but admitted the stabbing occurred “during a quarrel.”
According to several reports, Matrosov threatened Sviridov with an ultimatum, demanding he turn himself in to authorities or face the consequences.
A massive outpouring of public support for Matrosov ensued following the news of the killing.
A petition was later set up demanding the father be acquitted and praising him for “saving our children by ridding us of a child sex attacker.”
Enough money was raised to get Matrosov a top lawyer and have all his legal fees paid for, the New York Post reported.
The defendant’s father said in a statement at the time:
“We have collected the money, thank you all. It was not friends or relatives who helped, but strangers from the village.”
The petition detailed arguments from supporters:
“Every father would have done this.
"This will be an example to everyone.
"Therefore, we demand understanding from the executive branch, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Investigative Committee.”
Russian lawyer Vera Podkolzina said Matrosov could still face prison but noted, “He has very powerful mitigating circumstances.”
As Neon Nettle reported last year:
Law enforcement says that Sviridov’s phone contained more footage of him abusing other children in Vintai village in Russia’s southwestern Samara region.
It has since been reported that one of his alleged victims was the daughter of his former live-in partner.
Police sources said that the deceased man’s phone contained other sickening videos which showed violent rapes of other village girls aged six and 11.