Assailant confesses to stabbing Kazakh Olympian Denis Ten

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ALMATY --- A defendant has confessed to fatally stabbing Kazakh figure skater and Olympic medallist Denis Ten in Almaty July 19, according to a Monday (January 14) report by a KazTAG correspondent attending the trial.

When Ten pursued the two men he caught stealing his car side mirrors, a struggle broke out, testified one of the two suspects, Nuraly Qiyasov, who said, "I still don't understand how I stabbed him twice. I confess my guilt, but I don't confess to premeditated murder. Our purpose was theft. I ask forgiveness from everyone if you can forgive me."

Ten won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, making him the first Central Asian figure skater to win an Olympic medal. He was 25 when he was killed.

Another man and a woman are also on trial in the case. Arman Qudaibergenov is accused of being the other car mirror thief, while Janar Tolybayeva faces charges of theft and failure to report a crime.

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