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MOSCOW, April 28 /TASS/. A court of the Moscow Presnya district on Thursday extended the arrest of Gulchekhara Bobokulova, an Uzbek nanny who was detained in Moscow on February 29 this year on suspicion of murdering a 4-year-old girl, for 30 days until May 29.
"The court ruled that the investigators’ request should be met and extended Bobokulova’s term in custody for a month [up to 3 months altogether] until May 29," Judge Tereza Zhrebets who announced the decision said.
Bobokulova told the trial that she had received treatment at a mental clinic in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for 12 years. Asked what diagnosis she had, Bobokulova told the judge that she had been awake for 24 hours.
The investigator asked the court to extend the arrest in view of the gravity of the crime.
"Bobokulova may pose a threat to society if she is released," she said adding that the investigation was still under way. The prosecution supported the investigators’ request.
A fire erupted in a Moscow apartment early on February 29. The firefighters who liquidated the fire found a decapitated body of a four-year-old girl. The girl’s nanny, Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, the 38-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan, committed the murder after the parents [of the killed girl] and their elder child had left home. Bobokulova set the apartment on fire and escaped.
Police officers detained her near the Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station on charges of murdering a minor the same day (on February 29). Pedestrians said she had carried the dead child’s head for some time and had threatened to stage and explosion. Sappers did not find any explosive devices on the spot.
Bobokulova told the investigators after her arrest back in February that after divorcing her first husband she had lived with another man to whom she was not officially married. According to Bobokulova, her relatives took the three children by her first marriage away from her.
She added that her cohabiting partner had been away for four month and was now living in Uzbekistan with his second wife.
"My husband and I divorced. He booted me out into the street after I had given birth to my third son. He lives in Uzbekistan. The children live in three families - one with my [former] husband, the second at my father’s place and the third stays with my husband’s sister. They also kicked me out into the street. Is it humane?" Bobokulova asked the investigators.
She told journalists in court that "Allah had ordered" her to commit the brutal crime.