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Bullied student, 25, who burst into college with a sword and murdered a class mate in attack that left nine others hurt is jailed for life

A bullied teenager who broke into the university with a sword and killed a classmate in a frenzied attack that left nine others wounded has been jailed for life in Finland.

Joel Marin, 25, acted “in an extremely calm, determined and decisive manner” when he stormed the classroom at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio City on October 1 last year, the court heard.

Marin was armed with a sword, a compressed air rifle and Molotov cocktails when he killed a 23-year-old Ukrainian woman.

The court also found Marín guilty of 20 counts of attempted murder and ordered him to pay 250,000 euros in compensation to the victims, as well as 240,000 euros to local educational authorities after causing fire damage to the school building.

Joel Marin, 25, was inspired by other school atrocities such as Columbine and Sandy Hook in the United States while planning his murderous +2 rampage
Joel Marin, 25, was inspired by other school atrocities like Columbine and Sandy Hook in the United States while planning his murderous rampage.

Other injuries included a police officer and a teacher.

Marín was shot in the leg by armed police officers who detained him. He previously told interrogators that it was his plan to kill himself or be killed by the police.

The judges rejected the defense’s request for a reduction of the sentence on grounds of diminished responsibility due to an unbalanced mental state, and found that Marín had “the intellectual capacity to understand what he was planning and what he was willing to do.”

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Marín, with long hair and dressed in black, listened blankly for much of the eight-day court case as dozens of victims and witnesses gave testimony, according to local media reports.

The court was shown the transcripts of the police questioning after his arrest, in which Marin told officers that he wanted revenge on the world for his unhappy and lonely life and experiences of harassment.

“I thought killing innocent people was wrong, but I didn’t care,” Marín told his interviewers.

Joel Marin Police cars on the blocked grounds of the Hermanni shopping centre in Kuopio, Finland, after an attack occurred on the premises of the Savo Vocational College on October 1, 2019

He said he identified with previous killers, including the perpetrators of two massacres in Finnish schools in 2007 and 2008, which led to changes in gun laws in the Nordic country.

He was also inspired by atrocities in the United States including the Columbine and Sandy Hook school massacres.

In Finland life sentences last an average of 14.5 years and perpetrators may be eligible for parole within as little as 12 years.

  Joel Marin Quicks And Facts

  • Joel Marin, 25, stormed college in Finland with sword, air rifle and petrol bombs
  • Killed a 23-year-old woman and injured nine others in wild attack on Oct. 1, 2019 
  • Marin jailed for life today after judge rejected ‘unbalanced mental state’ defence
  • He had been inspired by US school attacks such as Sandy Hook and Columbine.
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