Tuesday 23 October 2018

Suspect held over killing of Olympic figure skating star

Denis Ten was stabbed after a dispute in his home city of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Denis Ten (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Denis Ten (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

By Associated Press Reporters

A suspect has been detained over the killing of Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten, and another has been identified, according to media in Kazakhstan.

Almaty prosecutor Berik Zhuirektayev said the suspect, Nuraly Kiyasov, was detained on Friday and “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney”, said the Kazinform press agency.

Kazinform reported that Kiyasov was taken to the scene of the crime under heavy security Friday as part of the investigation.

A second man, named as Arman Kudaibergenov, is being sought by police in connection with the death of Ten, whose death prompted national mourning.

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Denis Ten skating in Moscow (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

Ten, 25, was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty.

He died in hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds, Kazinform said.

Prosecutors are treating his death as murder.

Ten’s bronze in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medallist in figure skating.

He had struggled with injuries in recent years and could manage only 27th at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

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