A man who said that he randomly killed a person to feel better after looking at the wonderful lives of others on social media left him feeling worthless has been jailed for 30 years.
Nedjeljko Djurovic, 31, was accused of murdering student Milos Mileusnic, 24, in the Serbian capital Belgrade on 27th January 2019.
Djurovic went out on the street with a knife in his hand on the night of the crime after non-stop social media surfing left him feeling “worthless”.
The court heard that initially when he was arrested he admitted was determined to kill someone to improve his sense of self-worth.
He then met Mileusnic entirely at random, a young man who he had never seen before, and stabbed him causing a fatal injury.
Djurovic then reportedly fled the scene and the victim who did not die immediately was helped by locals who overheard the attack.
The young man later succumbed to his injuries in hospital despite the best efforts of doctors.
Djurovic was arrested shortly after the crime and has been in custody ever since.
At the time of the arrest, he told police that he had spent all day and night on social media looking at the wonderful lives of other people and when he compared it with his own existence, it left him feeling “worthless”.
He said: “I was nervous and angry, I didn’t sleep all night. I hung out on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks and realized that my life was worthless. That’s why I decided to kill someone. I went out into the street and stabbed a young man who happened to be there at the time.”
Djurovic listened to the verdict calmly, and in the end, asked to make a statement, but this was rejected by the judge.
The prosecution had requested that Djurovic be found guilty of aggravated murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison and the demand was supported by Milosevic’s father Goran Mileusnic who said he was hoping that the full amount would be applied.
The suspect’s father Bojica Djurovic told local media: “He was never aggressive and he always helped others. However, he had been acting strangely for about 10 days.
“If the two men had met under different circumstances, I believe they would have been good friends.”
A friend of the victim told local media: “I cannot describe how much Milos loved life. He was making big plans for the future and then he was killed by a monster for no reason.”
Djurovic has the right to appeal, and the prosecution may also decide to appeal if they want to try and have the sentence increased.