Suspect charged with homicide in loss of life of American scholar Catherine Serou in Russia

2021-06-21 04:23:54

The Gorodetsky Metropolis Courtroom within the area stated the suspect, recognized by the court docket solely as P., has been detained till August 15 for homicide. There isn’t a indication from the court docket that the suspect has entered a plea.

Serou, 34, was a scholar on the State College of Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow. Her physique was discovered within the Nizhny Novgorod area on Saturday.

The court docket alleged in an announcement Sunday that the suspect picked Serou up in his automobile final Tuesday, June 15, earlier than killing her about an hour later.

In keeping with the court docket’s assertion, the suspect noticed the sufferer, recognized as S., at a bus cease round 7 p.m. native time that evening and provided her a journey.

At about 8 p.m., the court docket alleged, the suspect stopped in a forested space the place, throughout a quarrel, he hit the sufferer a number of instances together with his fist and stabbed her not less than twice with a knife he had.

The sufferer died of her accidents on the scene, the court docket’s assertion stated.

The USA Embassy in Moscow confirmed Serou’s loss of life in Russia in an announcement to CNN Saturday, including, “We provide our sincerest condolences to the household on their loss. We’re carefully monitoring native authorities’ investigation into the reason for loss of life. We’re offering all applicable help to the household.”

The Russian investigative committee (Sledcom) stated in an announcement on Saturday that the physique of a “overseas citizen who went lacking within the Nizhny Novgorod Area” had been discovered. The assertion didn’t identify Serou.

The scholar was final heard from on June 15 in accordance with her mom, who was quoted within the assertion on the committee’s web site.

The committee stated that Serou had left her home “at about 18:30 Moscow time on June fifteenth … obtained right into a car not recognized by the investigation and headed within the route of the village of Rekshino, Borsky District, Nizhny Novgorod Area.”

The committee added that Serou was final involved together with her mom by cellphone, when she stated she was “touring in a automobile with [an] unknown particular person.”

“Thanks all to your assist attempting to get Catherine residence secure,” Beccy Webb Serou, Catherine’s mom, wrote in a Fb publish on Saturday.

“Sadly, we obtained a name from the police this morning telling us they discovered her physique. As our household processes this information we’ll have extra to say.”

A resident of the Nizhny Novgorod area was in police custody on suspicion of committing homicide, Sledcom beforehand stated.

The suspect, born in 1977, has been convicted “repeatedly” of “particularly grave crimes,” the committee stated. The particular person was cooperating with the investigation.

CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.

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