A distraught father told a murder trial how he spent two days identifying his daughter from dismembered body parts after she was allegedly murdered by her lover.
The internationally recognized Napoleon expert Professor Oleg Sokolov (64) shot his student lover Anastasia Yeschenko before he cut up her body, prosecutors claim.
The respected academic then dumped her body parts in a river in St. Petersburg, it is said.
Her father Oleg Yeschenko told her murder trial that he had been forced to identify his daughter by examining human remains pulled from the Moika River.
“On November 11th and 12th, I identified my daughter’s head, arm and torso,” he testified.
The victim’s mother, Galina, said she knew her daughter had a “romantic relationship” with Sokolov, but the student had “hesitated” to marry the Napoleon expert, her university teacher.
Galina previously testified that Anastasia was about to break up with him.
“She had an argument with Sokolov because she wanted to go to a friend’s birthday. He beat her and called her ungrateful, ”she told the court.
A neighbor of Sokolov testified that she overheard the couple in a screaming match the night the graduate student was killed.
Angelina Volskaya, 24, said she heard the couple’s last argument through the thin wall of their apartment.
“I heard Yeshchenko say out loud: ‘Please don’t touch me’.”
Sokolov scolded his lover, and there was the sound of furniture cracking, it was alleged.
“I heard at least five beats after everyone yelled at the girl …
“Then she said,” Okay, I’m not going anywhere, you’re not a bastard, just don’t touch me. “
“Then I heard her screech loudly … two or three times.”
The alleged series was the night the student died, it was formed later.
Forensic expert Viktor Vasilenko said, “Death occurred four or five days before the body parts were found.”
Sokolov allegedly tried to suffocate her first, “but that was not the cause of death”.
“Four shots were fired, three of which penetrated,” said the forensic scientist.
“The shots were fired in a short time and from a distance of 15 centimeters to one and a half meters.
“The person who dismembered the body didn’t know the human anatomy well.”
Sokolov is accused of having shot and dismembered Ms. Yeschenko.
The court will hear the professor’s defense later.
He was given the right for his lawyers to access messages on his and his lover’s smartphones.
This followed an earlier court session in which he scolded from the dock, “I insist that this evidence be viewed openly.”
The news would “show the horrible things she wrote to me” and “monstrous insults” to his children from previous relationships, he claimed.
“People have to see that,” he stormed and asked the judge to order him: “Sokolov, calm down.”
His chatter continued, flapping his arms and waving his finger wildly as he said, “It’s disgusting, mean, and only when you know that can people understand what happened.”