THE warped wife of a rapper who allegedly killed her husband before feeding his body to rats and drinking his blood has been let out of custody.
Before being accused of singer Andy Cartwright's murder, Marina Kokhal ran a twisted YouTube channel with video titles including “Congenital aggression. Serial killers” and “When you know your husband's mistress personally”.
Marina Kokhal is accused of murdering her husband, Andy Cartwright Credit: RIA FAN
The 37-year-old has now been allowed out of custody Credit: VK.com
In each of the videos – which appear to have been filmed on a mobile phone – she talks directly to the camera as she promotes Mayan astrology and discusses serial killers.
Kokhal was arrested in Russia last August and although she remains prime suspect, the country's best forensic scientists admit they have failed to prove that she fatally poisoned the rapper in collusion with her mother Elena Kokhal, 68.
Investigators claim the widow bought a hard-to-trace insulin substitute drug intended for diabetics and later administered an overdose to Cartwright, real name Alexander Yushko.
Cops even allege the 37-year-old had sex with her dead husband's corpse before dismembering his body and putting his organs through a washing machine.
At the time of his death, the rapper was having an affair with glamorous fan Nadia Romanenko, 25.
Criminal investigators allege they have evidence “that the murder was planned by the accused”, but admit to lacking proof she actually carried it out.
Kokhal has admitted dismembering the corpse with a knife and hacksaw, but claims she did this so his fans would not know he had died from an “inglorious” drug overdose.
She strenuously denies murder.
Some body parts were located in her fridge, others in bin liners intended for disposal, while his fingertips were fed to rats in the yard outside, it is alleged.
Forensic experts say they were unable to find eight organs – his stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, gall and urinary bladders, intestines, adrenal glands, and prostate gland.
They were either missing or had been put through a washing machine, the court was told.
All surfaces and utensils in the flat were “washed with vinegar”, investigators say.
Kokhal had written a note saying she needed to buy an ultraviolet lamp, which experts say would highlight biological traces that had not been cleaned.
Detectives earlier suspected she injected a drug into his hand – where a needle prick was detected – and then killed him with a knife wound to the stomach.
But they are now working on the theory that she suffocated him.
Russian prosecutors strongly objected to putting the alleged killer under house arrest, making no secret of their belief she has committed the “perfect murder” leaving no trace so far discovered.
But a St Petersburg judge has now granted her release from custody, with a video showing the suspect smiling as the order was handed down, allowing her to be reunited with her and Cartwright’s son, now aged four, who she has not seen for more than a year while in detention.
Kokhal burst into tears and hugged her lawyer Irina Skurtu on being freed from the dock, a glass cage, with Russian reports saying she was beamng as she left court.
She was granted house arrest but must not meet or speak to her mother. who also remains under house arrest on suspicion of collusion.
Kokhal's child was sent to be raised in an orphanage, but the judge has permitted a reunion.
Defence lawyers earlier claimed that Kokhal was quizzed on “disgusting” and “sick” claims.
They said she was asked: “Did you taste his blood?”
And it was alleged she “had sex with the corpse”.
Her defence claimed this questioning amounted to illegal coercion to testify by use of threats, which allegedly included taunts that investigators would find a “good orphanage” for her infant son when she was jailed.
The rapper’s lover Nadia Romanenko has said: “Our sexual relations took place at my apartment.
“I specially rented a flat near his apartment block.
“We met every day, and Kokhal did not know about it.”
When Kokhal found out about the relationship, she tried to frighten the lover by claiming her husband suffered from AIDS, claimed Romanenko.
Skurtu said her client “categorically” did not admit to murdering Cartwright.
The attorney said: “She explained the situation quite coherently, but kept repeating: ‘What have I done? What have I done?’”
Parts of the rapper's body were kept in black plastic bags in the fridge Credit: Mash
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