12 Oct 2010

Greek officer gets life for murdering schoolboy

10:18 am on 12 October 2010

A Greek policeman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a schoolboy in 2008, an incident that sparked mass unrest.

A court in the town of Amfissa convicted Epaminondas Korkoneas, 38, of intentionally killing 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

The teenager was shot dead in December 2008 in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia.

Korkoneas's patrol partner was given a 10-year jail sentence for complicity in the killing.

The death of the teenager last year resulted in cars being set alight and shops looted in a number of cities.