Nikita Rasskazov, 16, killed 19-year-old Artyom Shustov, of Russia, in an argument that ensued after Rasskazov’s girlfriend had accused the other boy of sexually assaulting her. Rassakazov claims he is usually very calm, but was overtaken by rage during the argument, resulting in the gruesome decapitation of the boy.
Rassakazov admitted to the murder – telling police he stabbed his friend with a kitchen knife before decapitating him in a nearby park. He is facing up to 10 years in prison.
A 14-week investigation by Russian police concluded that the murderer had flown into a rage after finding out his girlfriend was sexually assaulted by their older friend.
The Daily Mail reports:
A 14-week probe by the Russian Investigative Committee, equivalent of the FBI, found that his girlfriend, 17-year-old Matsneva, had told Rasskazov how at a party Shustov had molested her after she refused to have sex with him.
She told Rasskazov that Shustov and another male friend had touched her breasts and genitals as she was held by another young woman.
This left Matsneva ‘humiliated’, but she did not report the alleged sexual assault to police.
Prior to the killing, Matsneva had posted a ‘spooky’ picture of herself and Shustov, believed to be from the party where she complained about the sexual attack.
Rasskazov said he had not intended to kill or behead his friend, but wanted him to apologise to his girlfriend for the sexual assault.
The talk ‘turned to quarrel and then a fight’, and the 16-year-old stabbed his older friend to death.
Then ‘blinded by rage’ he decapitated Shustov, picked up the severed head by the hair, and put it in a plastic bag which he stashed in his backpack.
He disposed of the rest of the body in bushes and hid the head overnight in his wardrobe with his bloodstained clothes.
The next day, he took the head to show his girlfriend, who was ‘distraught’ over the killing.
Rasskazov was trying to ‘prove his love’ to Matsneva by showing her the severed head, according to The Siberian Times.
After showing Matsneva the severed head, Rasskazov then threw it into a local river.
Because he is under 18, Rasskazov faces a maximum ten-year sentence if convicted.
Matsneva’s mother, who has not been named publicly, has spoken of how her daughter was in love with Rasskazov.
‘My daughter literally blossomed when she began to date with Nikita,’ she said. ‘She was very worried if they quarrelled.
‘He often visited our house, and was a very calm and quiet guy. I even wondered why my daughter chose Nikita rather than another lad. She said that Nikita was the best.’