Dad's grim task after daughter, 24, 'dismembered by professor lover'

Yahoo News Staff
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The father of a murdered university student allegedly killed by her 64-year-old lover has told the court he had to identify his daughter’s remains after they were found dismembered.

Investigators allege Oleg Sokolov, who taught at St Petersburg State University in Russia, shot and killed Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his apartment in November and then dismembered her body.

Sokolov was detained after being pulled from the Moika River outside his apartment. Authorities alleged he had a backpack with two severed arms inside.

Oleg Sokolov, former St Petersburg State University history professor, attends an offsite Oktyabrsky District Court session at the St Petersburg City Court on charges of murdering his postgraduate student, 24-year-old Anastasia Yeshchenko.
Oleg Sokolov, a former St Petersburg State University history professor, is accused of murdering his student girlfriend. Source: AAP

The limbs were identified as Ms Yeshchenko’s. Investigators say other body parts were found in the river and in Sokolov’s apartment.

The 64-year-old allegedly told investigators he and Ms Yeshchenko had a romantic relationship, and he shot her during a quarrel.

Sokolov was known for his books about the Napoleonic era and his enthusiastic participation in reenactments of historic battles. The alleged murder case has attracted broad attention in Russia.

Ms Yeshchenko’s father Oleg told the court on Tuesday (local time) he had to identify his daughter’s remains.

Pictured left is Oleg Sokolov at the crime scene with authorities. Right is Anastasia Yeshchenko who he is accused of murdering.
Sokolov takes part in the investigation at the crime scene (left). Pictured right is his deceased lover, Anastasia Yeshchenko. Source: Getty Images/Australscope

"On 11 and 12 November I identified the head, arm and torso of my daughter,” he told the court, according to The Mirror.

Ms Yeshchenko’s mother Galina told the court her daughter and Sokolov had a quarrel before her death.

“She had a fight with Sokolov because she wanted to go to a friend's birthday. He hit her and called her ungrateful,” she told the court.

Sokolov’s neighbour Angelina Volskaya, 24, also testified. She told the court she heard Ms Yeschenko yelled: “Don’t touch me, please.”

She added she heard the student scream five times along with the sound of crashing furniture.

Pictured is Oleg Sokolov with members of military history clubs wearing 1812-era Russian military style uniforms march take part in a historical festival to mark the 180th anniversary of the Moscow Triumphal Gates in St Petersburg, Russia.
Sokolov at a re-enactment in 2018. Source: AAP

Forensic expert Viktor Vasilenko told the court Sokolov initially tried to suffocate Ms Yeshchenko, but that was not her cause of death.

He added four shots were fired with “three penetrating”.

Sokolov’s defence will present their case at a later date. His lawyers have also managed to obtain permission to use messages from his and Ms Yeshchenko’s phones as evidence.

with The Associated Press

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