A nanny accused of decapitating a young girl in her care and then walking through the street brandishing the head said “Allah ordered” the killing, as she appeared at a Moscow court.
Suspect Gyulchekhra Bobokulova from Muslim-majority Uzbekistan — whom the press have dubbed “the bloody nanny” — was detained on Monday, after she was caught waving the child’s severed head outside a Moscow metro station.
She was sent for psychiatric examinations.
“It was what Allah ordered,” the 38-year-old told journalists as she was brought into the district court to have her arrest confirmed and extended.
Speaking in broken Russian from the suspect’s cage, Bobokulova said: “Allah is sending a second prophet to give news of peace.”
She also complained that she was “hungry”, had not been fed and would “die in a week”.
“Hi to everyone,” said the mother-of-three, waving at the crowd of journalists in the courtroom.
Investigator Olga Lapteva told the court that Bobokulova was suspected of committing an “extremely serious crime” and that she should face “a mandatory prison sentence of considerably more than three years”.
The court confirmed the nanny’s arrest and ordered her to be held in custody for two months as investigations continued.
Investigators said they were still trying to establish if Bobokulova had any accomplices.
Bobokulova has been undergoing psychiatric examinations since her detention over the murder of the girl, Nastya, whom the judge said was born in 2011.
She is suspected of butchering the girl, who had suffered from learning disabilities and epilepsy, at the family’s apartment in north-western Moscow, before torching the home and fleeing the scene.