Russian bank executive Sergey Kovalchuk was sentenced to what was described by local media as a “lenient” nine-and-a-half year sentence after confessing to the brutal murder of his girlfriend.
Kovalchuk, 28, told a local court in Russia that he violently killed his girlfriend Vera Nurbaeva, 23, a mother of one, before dismembering her body and flushing her internal organs down the toilet, MailOnline reports.
Kovalchuk revealed how he chopped up Nurbaeva’s corpse and placed them inside four black trash bags and proceeded to dump them in a remote pond near Moscow. Nurbaeva’s remains have yet to be found.
The victim, who was revealed to be a Buryat — an indigenous group in Siberia — had reportedly been previously abducted and forced into prostitution by an international mafia ring before she met Kovalchuk online. Before her death, Nurbaeva was working as a fitness club instructor and nightclub dancer.
After confessing and “repenting” to the gruesome crime, Kovalchuk was convicted of murder this week and sentenced to nine and a half years in jail. His reduced sentence was reportedly due to his confession and cooperation with the police.
According to Kovalchuk, they were in his apartment in Moscow when they had an argument after she accused him of stealing her mobile phone.
“Sergey grabbed Vera by the neck, and lying on the sofa on top of the victim, he strangled her with both hands,” court documents submitted by criminal investigators revealed.
“After the murder, he went to the supermarket nearby and bought cigarettes. He put the body to the bath and turned on the cold water shower directing it over her body. He slept and when he awoke he decided to dismember her. He started with the arms cutting them each into three pieces and the legs into two, cut off the tendons, and severed the hip joint.
“Then he tried to cut her backbone, but could not. He bent her body so that it broke. Next, he cut and gouged out her abdomen, took away the intestines and entrails and threw them into the toilet.
“He severed her head with a knife and threw away her clothes into a bin near the apartment block. He put other remains in four plastic bags and rented a car to dump them at a pond in the Moscow suburb of Khimki.”