Long jail term for axe murderer

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison in a jury trial today (Thurs).The defendant was found guilty by the panel at a court in Klagenfurt of hacking his 29-year-old girlfriend to death with a pickaxe at their house in Lendorf in Carinthia last September.The jury rejected the defence lawyer’s appeal to allow his client – who made a full confession – to serve the term in a psychiatric clinic. The verdict is not yet legally binding.