Jock Palfreeman is a 23-year-old Australian currently in prison in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder with antisocial intent, following a conflict with a group of 16 men.
In December 2007, Jock witnessed the group attacking two men of Roma ethnicity (“gypsies”) in Sofia. Jock went to the aid of the Roma men, putting himself in the middle of the attack. The Roma men were able to escape, but the gang continued their vicious attack on Jock.
Following the fight, one member of the gang was killed (Andrey Monov) and another injured (Antoan Zahariev). Jock maintains that he tried to escape the violent gang, and was forced to act in self-defense.
Jock was refused bail, and has spent almost two years in Sofia Central Prison. On Wednesday, 2nd December 2009, Jock gave his final plea to the court, and was subsequently found to be guilty of both charges. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with civil fines of 450,000 Bulgarian Leva (about 375,000 AUD).
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