Tuesday 27 September 2016

Nanny charged with murder in Russian child decapitation

Published 04/03/2016 | 15:11

Gulchekhra Bobokulova appears in a courtroom in Moscow (AP)
Gulchekhra Bobokulova appears in a courtroom in Moscow (AP)

A nanny accused of decapitating a four-year-old girl and brandishing her head outside a Moscow subway station has been formally charged with murder.

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Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee, announced the charge.

Under Russian law, a conviction carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty, although Russia placed a moratorium on capital punishment in 1999.

Gulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, was detained in Moscow on Monday after she was seen with the child's head.

Officials have suggested the woman, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2003, could have been incited to kill as an act of terrorism, but Mr Markin said investigation into the motive is continuing.

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