A WIFE accused of murdering her rapper husband dismembered his body after finding out he had a younger lover, cops say.
Marina Kokhal, 36, was arrested in Russia for allegedly killing Andy Cartwright, 30 – real name Alexander Yushko.
She denies murdering him but admits chopping up his body over a four-day period using a hacksaw and knife, keeping some body parts in her fridge.
But now Russian media reports say he was in a relationship with a superfan named Nadia, 24, and planned to leave Kokhal, the mother of his son, two.
The “mistress” has been given witness status in the murder probe, according to cops who say they have obtained “conflictual” correspondence between the women.
Investigators are now probing whether “jealousy” was behind Cartwright’s death in St Petersburg.
The wife is said to have “known about her husband’s intimate relationship”.
Newspaper Nevskie Novosti reported: “Detectives have information that the rapper, known as Andy Cartwright, had been dating a young woman for more than a year and was going to end his relationship with his wife.”
Nadia called the rapper’s mobile after his death.
The wife told his “mistress” that he had gone out.
Kokhal’s lawyer Irina Skurtu said “small quarrels happen in every family” but denied the rapper had a lover.
The latest revelation in the macabre case is that Kokhal took his severed fingers and fed them to rats to prevent his body parts being identified by fingerprinting, reported Fontanka news outlet citing law enforcement.
But the alleged plan failed after the fingertips were found.
Kokhal “caused the death of her husband in an unidentified way” after a dispute between the pair, Russian cops say.
Investigators said: “In order to hide the traces of the crime, the accused dismembered the victim’s body into separate body parts for the purpose of subsequent destruction.”
The widow is detained “for her own protection” from his angry fans, according to a report citing law enforcement.
Investigators fear Cartwright’s followers “may take revenge on her for the death of their idol”.
Skurtu strongly denied reports that her client had confessed to murder then changed her plea on legal advice.
Skurtu said: “She categorically does not admit guilt, did not admit it, and is not going to admit it.
“The cause of her husband’s death has not yet been established.
“Marina herself still declares that she did not kill, but only dismembered the body.”
She did so because she did not want the rapper’s fans to know he had died an “inglorious” death from a drug overdose, she claimed.
BITS IN BINBAGS
The lawyer 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?’”
Kokhal called in her lawyer and the police after realising she was “morally” and “psychologically” appalled about her plan to dismember her Ukrainian-born husband’s body, said Skurtu.
The lawyer claimed that if she is telling the truth, she has committed no crime in Russian law.
Forensic tests are underway to establish the cause of death.
Investigators denied reports attributed to them that some body parts had been cleaned in the family’s washing machine.
Yet some human organs including the stomach were reported to be missing from the family flat.
Kokhal is a journalist-turned-astrologer.
She recorded videos on YouTube with titles including “Congenital aggression. Serial killers” and “When you know your husband’s lover personally”.
She also acted as a business manager for her popular rapper husband, and the couple lived in a prestigious address in St Petersburg.
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