Whitehorse Daily Star

Macko sentence three years

in the shooting death of Melmed Dupobac

By Whitehorse Star on May 12, 1969

Zoltan Macko was sentenced today to three years in jail for manslaughter in the shooting death of Melmed Dupobac at Arctic Mine on December 10, 1968. The 31 year old former Hungarian miner had been charged with non capital murder but convicted of the lesser offence by a jury of six at Whitehorse. During the trial the court learned that Macko, in a drinking session in the mine’s bunkhouse, had been attacked by Jordan Kalajdjiev’s - an attack which had been intercepted by Dupobac. Macko went to his own room, got his rifle and fired three shots in the corridor outside Kalajdjiev’s room. The last shot killed Dupobac who came out to act as peacemaker. Asked today if he had anything to say, Macko replied “He grabbed the gun... that’s the honest to God truth... I was in good relations with that guy.” In handing down sentence today, Mr. Justice Harry Maddison remarked that while Macko did not intend to kill Dupobac, he intended to shoot someone else and was reckless of anyone’s life in firing the shots. “You have a history of violence from your record and the pre-sentence report,” said Judge Maddison. “You are a potential menace to society and must be deterred from further violence.”

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