Murdered rapper 'was still alive when his wife began dismembering him with hacksaw'

The court heard that singer Andy Cartwright was having a secret adulterous affair with a fan before he died. His wife, Marina Kokhal, has admitted cutting his body and putting it in her refrigerator

Marina Kokhal on trial for the murder of rapper husband Andy Cartwright

A murdered rapper was still alive when his wife started dismembering him, according to new forensic evidence.

Andy Cartwright was having a secret affair with a female fan around the time he died at his home in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Wife Marina Kokhal admitted to cutting open her 30-year-old husband’s body and storing some body parts in her refrigerator.

But she always insisted he died of a drug overdose, and she dismembered his body with a knife and hacksaw so that fans “would never find out he died such an inglorious death”.

The 37-year-old had planned to let them know that he was missing.

The Ukrainian rapper Andy Cartwright
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His wife Marina Kochal
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She was released from a remand prison and placed under house arrest in October, but remains the only suspect.

New high-tech forensic tests, some of which were performed on the rapper’s eyes, suggest that he died of a lack of oxygen – and that his body began to dismember while he was still alive. Gazeta.ru Reports citing informed legal sources.

Many of his organs were disposed of by his wife, but the latest scientific evidence suggests that the dismemberment “took place shortly – a few minutes, dozen of minutes – before death”.

The singer – whose Russian name was Alexander Yushko – “was in a state of marked hypoxia” (lack of oxygen) before he died.

His death may have lasted several hours, reports say.

Investigators had previously believed he died of an injection of a difficult-to-detect insulin substitute for diabetics.

Andy’s lover, Nadia Romanenko
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The rapper was killed under gruesome circumstances
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After her arrest, Kokhal’s lawyers reported that she was initially accused by detectives of “drinking her dead husband’s blood and having sex with his body”.

Some body parts were in her refrigerator, others in trash bags meant for disposal, while his fingertips were fed to rats in the garden outside, it is said.

Forensic experts say eight key organs were unavailable to them because they were either missing or washed through a washing machine, it was reported.

He was 30 when he was killed
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A video shows the woman crying and hugging her lawyer Irina Skurtu after she was released from a glass court cage while a judge ordered her to remain under house arrest pending further investigation.

Their child with Cartwright had been sent to an orphanage, but the judge allowed them to see them again.

A new trial is scheduled for the end of this month.

Andy pictured with his now accused wife Marina
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At the time of his death, the rapper was having an affair with fan Nadia Romanenko, 26.

She said, “Our relationships took place in my apartment. I rented an apartment near his apartment block.

“We met every day and Kokhal didn’t know about it.”

Kohhal’s mother, Elena Kokhal, 68, was arrested as a suspect but has long been accused of being involved in the murder and has been released.

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