The decapitated bodies of a Ukrainian judge, who was an internationally known antiques collector, and his wife, son and son's girlfriend were found in his apartment in the city of Kharkiv at the weekend, police said on Monday.

Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko was quoted by local media as saying that several antiques appeared to be missing from the home of Volodymyr Trofimov, 58, who had a collection of rare coins, military medals and china statuettes.

An Interior Ministry statement said "all versions (being looked into by investigators) are based on the same conclusion: this crime was carefully planned and thought out in advance."

Quoting state prosecutors, Ukrainian newspaper Segodnya said Trofimov's cases as a district court judge in recent years were limited to alimony payments, petty theft and debt collections.

The lock on the door of Trofimov's flat, located in a Soviet-era apartment block, was intact, according to the newspaper. Investigators have yet to find the heads of the dead, whose bodies were found on Saturday.



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