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Release date set for triple murderer

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Release date set for triple murderer
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Nikita Fouganthine, the man responsible for the brutal murders of three people in a village in northern Sweden in 1988, is to be released from jail in February, a Helsinki court ruled on Wednesday.

Fouganthine, formerly known as Juha Valjakkala, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a family of three in the small town of Åmsele. He served his sentence in a Finnish prison.

Finland's Court of Appeal ruled in June to overturn his supervised conditional release, but the Supreme Court later granted Foughantine the right to appeal the decision and has now sanctioned a conditional release, Finnish news agency FNB reports.

After nineteen years behind bars, Foughantine was let out of jail in February of this year but was promptly taken back to prison after violating the terms of his supervised conditional release.

Just two months before his supervision was due to end, the prison performed a surveillance check and found that he wasn't at home. The telephone granted him as a condition of his release remained in his house, and the prison was unable to reach him.

He was arrested the following evening in northern Finland.

Fouganthine shot and killed a man and his 15-year-old son and stabbed the man's wife to death in a graveyard in Åmsele, near Skellefteå, in 1988.

The Finn and his girlfriend were arrested a week later in Denmark. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and deportation. His girlfriend was sentenced to two years in jail for serious assault.

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