Edmonton homicide 21 – Victor Shylga charged in relation to the fatal stabbing of Sviatoslav Oliynichenko

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Edmonton police responded to the report of a male requiring medical assistance at a residence in the area of 83 Avenue and 159 Street on August 13th at 8:54pm.

On arrival police located Sviatoslav Oliynichenko, 38, in medical distress. Police administered first aid until EMS arrived. Despite lifesaving efforts Oliynichenko died from his injuries at the scene.

An autopsy was completed on August 16th and determined he died as a result of a stab wound. Victor Shylga, 38, has since been charged with first-degree murder in relation to Oliynichenko’s death.

Police said the victim and accused were known to each other.

Update: Victor Shylga was found not criminally responsible (NCR) the week of October 15th 2023 for the first-degree murder of Sviatoslav Oliynichenko. Dr. Lenka Zedkova, a forensic psychiatrist at Alberta Hospital Edmonton and Liam Ennis, a forensic psychologist, said Shylga suffered from a rare delusional disorder persecutory type.

Justice Eric Macklin said there is no evidence Shylga was faking mental illness, noting Shylga continues to deny he has a mental disorder.

Shylga will be held at a psychiatric hospital under the care of doctors until the Alberta Review Board deems he is no longer a threat to the public