A distraught dad spent two gruesome days identifying his daughter from her dismembered body parts after she was allegedly killed by her teacher turned lover in Russia.
Internationally-acclaimed Napoleon expert Professor Oleg Sokolov, 64, shot his lover Anastasia Yeschenko before cutting up her corpse, claim prosecutors.
The respected academic then dumped her body parts in a river in the Russian city of St Petersburg, it is alleged.
Her dad Oleg Yeschenko told her murder trial he was forced to identify his doomed daughter by examining human remains pulled from the Moika River.
He said: "On 11 and 12 November I identified the head, arm and torso of my daughter.”
The victim’s mum Galina told how she knew her daughter was in a “romantic relationship” with Sokolov but the student had “hesitated” about marrying the Napoleon expert, her university teacher.
She earlier claimed Anastasia was on the point of dumping him.
Her devastated mum told the court: “She had a fight with Sokolov because she wanted to go to a friend's birthday. He hit her and called her ungrateful.”
A neighbour of Sokolov testified how she overheard the pair in a shouting match on the night the PhD student was killed.
Angelina Volskaya, 24, said she heard the couple’s final row through the thin wall of her apartment.
She said: “I heard Yeshchenko loudly say: ‘Don't touch me, please’.”
Sokolov ranted at his lover and there was the sound of crashing furniture, it is claimed.
The witness added: “I heard at least five blows, after each the girl screamed and asked her not to touch her.
“Then she said, ‘Okay, I'm not going anywhere, you're not a bastard, just don't touch me.’
“Then I heard her loud screeching… two or three times."
The alleged argument was on the night the student died, it was later established.
Forensic expert Viktor Vasilenko, said: ”The death happened four or five days before the body parts were found.”
Sokolov had first tried to suffocate her “but this was not the cause of death”, he added.
“Four shots were fired, three of them penetrating,” he said.
“The shots were fired in a short period of time and from a close distance of between 15 centimetres to one and a half metres.
“The person who dismembered the body did not know the human anatomy well."
Sokolov who was awarded the French Legion of Honour, is accused of shooting and dismembering Yeschenko with whom he had taken part in Napoleonic reconstructions.
The court will later hear the professor’s defence.
He won the right for his lawyers to have access to messages on his and his lover's smartphones.
This followed an earlier court session in which he ranted from the dock: “I insist this evidence is considered openly.”
The messages would show “the terrifying things she was writing to me” and “monstrous insults” to his children from previous relationships.
“People must see this,” he stormed, prompting the judge to order him: “Sokolov, calm down.”
His rant went on, flailing his arms and wildly wagging his finger, as he claimed: “It’s disgusting, vile, and only by knowing this can people understand what has happened.”
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