The nanny who decapitated a girl, four, and paraded her severed head in the streets of Moscow will never face trial, say sources close to the criminal investigation.
Gyulchehra Bobokulova, 38, claimed she was inspired to kill the helpless child in a copycat of gruesome jihadist beheadings which she watched online.
She was trusted nanny to the girl she confessed to decapitating in north west Moscow – Anastasia Meshcheryakova – in a brutal act which caused shock around the world.
Earlier, the burka-clad babysitter had claimed that she killed the child on February 29 in revenge for Putin’s aerial bombardment of Muslims in Syria. She claimed she ordered by Allah to cut off the girl’s head.
Now the native Uzbek and mother of three – who is the subject of a murder charge – will be ruled ‘insane’, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax news agency.
Experts of the Serbsky State Scientific Centre for Social and Forensic Psychiatry have found that the nanny is not fully responsible for her actions, and committed the crime in a bout of insanity.
Their report is to be formally handed to state investigators next week, reported Interfax.
As such, Bobokulova ‘is not liable for criminal prosecution and the investigation will have to specify the necessity of administering compulsory measures of a medical nature to her in the indictment’, reported Interfax.
In other words, she is likely to be committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Bobokulova was moved from the Serbsky Centre to the psychiatric hospital at Butyrka detention facility in Moscow, following the conclusion of her psychiatric assessment, said the press service of the Moscow Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service.
Pending the psychiatric analysis, a court in Moscow this week extended her custody until 29 May.
Investigators demanded her continued detention as she sat stern-faced in a metal cage in the court room.
‘Bobokulova may pose a threat to society if she is released,’ Judge Tereza Zhrebets was warned.
The nanny admitted to setting fire to the flat after killing the girl.
She was later detained near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station.
Bobokulova was walking around with the girl’s head in her hand, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Arabic for God is Great) and threatening to blow herself up.
She later confessed to the crime and was taken back to the crime scene by police.
She told one journalist: ‘I saw online how they were cutting off heads. This hatred. There was a voice in my head: ‘Do it to the girl’. ‘
She said: ‘I saw how they cut off heads and I did it. The voices – I killed the girl, yes. But I don’t need treatment.’
A Russian lawyer Lyudmila Aivar said: ‘If the experts call her insane and declare that she did not control her actions, court action will still follow.
‘If Bobokulova can take part, she will. If the doctors see that she reacts inadequately, the trial can go on without her.
‘If she is called dangerous for the society, she will be placed into the guarded hospital, but every six months she will face a new test of her condition.’