The wife of a popular rap singer who is accused of murdering her husband and reportedly chopping up his body and keeping it in a fridge in their home appeared in court today.
The dismembered body of artist Andy Cartwright, 30, was found in his flat in Russia and his wife claimed he had died of a drug overdose in St Petersburg.
Marina Kukhal, 36, told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death – and dismembered his body over four days, storing body parts in black plastic bags and her fridge.
Marina Kukhal, 36, appeared for a court hearing in St Petersburg today after being detained for her husband’s murder
Kukhal is accused of dismembering her husband Andy Cartwright’s body and keeping it in their fridge
The limbs were reportedly sawn ‘perfectly’ and the body parts sprinkled with salt.
Kukhal, who is being held ‘for her own protection’ from Mr Cartwright’s angry fans, appeared at court handcuffed with her coat hood up and a face mask on.
After being detained by Russian murder detectives, she is said to have pleaded to her lawyer: ‘What have I done? What have I done?’
Kukhal used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say.
The dismembered body of popular rap singer Andy Cartwright, 30, (pictured) was found in his flat in Russia
The dismembered body parts were found in the rapper’s flat in St Petersburg, pictured above
Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, (pictured) told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death – and dismembered his body over four days
Kukhal’s lawyer Irina Skurtu said the defendant had called her after the incident repeatedly pleading ‘What have I done?’
The couple’s two year old child was in the same flat as she severed the singer’s body parts, it was reported.
Russian police say they have opened a murder probe into the death of the star, whose real name was Alexander Yushko, originally from Ukraine.
State investigators say they have no proof yet from initial forensic tests that Kukhal killed her husband.
Today, new shocking claims reported by BAZA news outlet suggested the rapper’s internal organs were cleaned in a washing machine by his wife after the body was dismembered.
Parts of the rapper’s dismembered body were found stored in the fridge in the apartment, pictured above
Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say. Above, outside the apartment building where Cartwright’s body was found
Police have launched a murder probe after Cartwright’s dismembered body was found in the apartment. Cartwright pictured, left, and with wife Marina Kukhal, right
In addition, the investigators found traces of male hands on one of the forearms, as if the victim had been grabbed, said a report citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
When he was found, some organs such as the stomach were missing from the flat.
The widow had also thoroughly cleaned their apartment on main street Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg, it was reported.
Kukhal told police she found the singer dead from a drugs overdose at their elite St Petersburg apartment – and did not want his followers to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death.
She aimed to dispose of the rapper’s body and then say he had gone missing. There are also reports he had heart problems.
She also claimed he had started taking drugs after becoming depressed during the pandemic.
The man’s friends said he had alcohol problems but did not take drugs.
Reports also claimed that the woman’s mother had assisted her at the apartment.
The woman’s lawyer Irina Skurtu – who had urged the wife to go to police over the dismembering – denied reports that she put body parts in the washing machine.
Marina Kukhal, pictured above, was detained by police and is expected to undergo a polygraph test
Kukhal, pictured above, told his fans on social media that he had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic
She also disputed that the rapper’s mother-in-law had been involved.
Kukhal’s lawyer Irina Skurtu said: ‘The remains were kept in Alexander’s room (in black bin liners) and in a fridge.
‘The smell was only in this room. She seemed to me absolutely sane, although very nervous but she can be understood.
‘She does not look to me like a mad drug addict. She explained the situation quite coherently but kept repeating: ‘What have I done? What have I done?”
Kukhal called in her lawyer and the police after realising she ‘morally’ and ‘psychologically’ appalled about her plan to dismember his body said Skurtu.
The lawyer claimed that if she is telling the truth and she had not committed a crime in Russian law.
The unnamed mother-in-law has been ordered not to leave St Petersburg, say reports.
Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said no drugs were found on the rapper’s body, citing sources.
The widow was detained. She is expected to undergo a polygraph test as part of the murder probe. She claimed she found a syringe next to his body.
He had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic, she told his fans on social media.
Forensic tests are underway in an attempt to establish the cause of death.