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Uzbek nanny admits beheading child in Moscow

  • 2 March 2016
  • From the section Europe
Media captionNanny Gulchekhra Bobokulova appeared in court in Moscow

A nanny in Russia accused of murdering and then decapitating a little girl in her care has admitted in court that she carried out the act.

Gulchekhra Bobokulova, a 38-year-old mother of three, replied "yes" when asked if she accepted her guilt.

Russian officials have said Bobokulova was suffering from mental health problems.

CCTV appeared to show her, dressed in a hijab, walking near a metro station with a head in her hands.

Russian media reported that she pulled the head out of a bag and began screaming that she would blow herself up after a police officer asked to see her identity documents.

Russian TV silence over crime

Amateur video posted online showed a black-clad woman shouting "I am a terrorist. I am your death".

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Image caption The nanny is also said to have set fire to her employers' flat
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Image caption Officials have said Bobokulova suffers from mental health problems
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Image caption In court, Bobokulova admitted killing the four-year-old girl

Investigators told the Presnensky district court they had not found anyone else involved in the case.

But prosecutors also said they believed that Bobokulova had been "incited" to commit the crime.

Investigators believe she waited for the four-year-old girl's parents to leave the home before killing her, setting the apartment on fire and fleeing, the Moscow Times reported.

Moscow residents have left flowers and children's toys outside the Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station, where Bobokulova was arrested, and outside the murdered child's home.

Reports from Uzbekistan said Bobokulova was known to have suffered from schizophrenia.

Uzbekistan, which like other Central Asian states has a Muslim majority, has long supplied migrant labour for the Russian capital.

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Image caption Muscovites have left toys and flowers at the Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station
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Image caption CCTV showed Bobokulova walking near the station with a head in her hands

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