Child killer who snatched girl, 11, from street and dumped her corpse in a sewer tries to slice his throat in court

Child killer who snatched girl, 11, from street and dumped her corpse in a sewer tries to slice his throat in court

January 21, 2021

A KILLER who snatched an 11-year-old girl and stabbed her to death before dumping her corpse in a sewer has tried to slice his throat to derail the sentencing hearing.

Nikolay Tarasov, 23, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his horrendous crime, after the failed suicide attempt in front of a courtroom.

Eleven-year-old Daria Lukyanenko was snatched from a deserted street in Ivanivka, in Ukraine’s Odessa region, minutes after she said goodbye to her mum and headed to her dance class, the court heard.


Tarasov reportedly dragged the child into his house and tried to rape her, before hitting her in the neck with an awl tool when she resisted.

He then put a plastic bag on her head to muffle her groans of pain, before carrying the body to the toilet near his house and threw it into the drop hole, according to the court records.

Daria died from the injuries inflicted by the attacker, experts said during the hearing.

After about a week of searching, police and volunteers discovered her corpse in Tarasov’s toilet.

A gruesome video from the courtroom showed Tarasov slicing his neck with a razor blade in an attempt to thwart yesterday’s sentencing, after he announced that he would “put an end to the case on his own”.

The defendant was quickly overpowered by police officers who rushed into his cage and took the blade away.

The hearing continued after he received medical assistance.

Judges found him guilty of kidnapping, murder, attempted rape and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Hundreds attended Daria’s funeral, while Tarasov’s mother Maria publicly “disowned” her son.

A lie detector had reportedly proven that the man’s parents knew about the murder on the day it was committed, but had kept silent. 

As this was not recognized as official evidence by court, they would not be brought to justice, reports said.

Armed police were called in to intervene, after the perpetrator’s family home was besieged by angry locals.

Daria’s relatives disagree with the verdict. They were going to appeal and demand life imprisonment for the perpetrator.

The family’s lawyer Ruben Stepanyan told local media they were "extremely unhappy" with the verdict.

"A fair sentence in this case is life imprisonment.”


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