19 Feb 2020 22:03

Convicted Krasnodar 'cannibal' Baksheyev died of chronic illnesses - Federal Penitentiary Service

ROSTOV-ON-DON. Feb 19 (Interfax) - Dmitry Baksheyev, a resident of Krasnodar, who was convicted for killing and dismembering a woman on the territory of an aviation school, has died of serious chronic illnesses, the press service for the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Main Directorate for the Rostov region told Interfax in a statement.

"Baksheyev was hospitalized in the interregional tuberculosis hospital of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Main Directorate for the Rostov region on February 1 to be assisted by doctors, but he died despite medical assistance provided on February 16 due to several serious chronic illnesses," the statement said.

According to earlier reports, an attorney and a public defender went to Rostov-on-Don to determine the circumstances of the convict's death.

Baksheyev was found guilty of killing a woman and desecrating her remains in June 2019. The Krasnodar Prikubansky District Court sentenced him to 12 years and two months in a high-security penal colony.

The sentence was later upheld by the Krasnodar Territory's court.

According to the case materials, the remains of a 35-year-old woman, a native of the Kirov region, were found on the territory of the Krasnodar aviation school in September 2017. Dmitry Baksheyev and Natalya Baksheyeva, a couple who lived in a dormitory on the territory of the school, were detained on suspicion of the crime.

According to the investigators, the couple and the woman drank alcohol together. They had a conflict and Baksheyev killed and dismembered the body, and then took a selfie, posing with the victim's body parts. Road workers found his phone with the photos and took it to the police.

Human remains were found in the dormitory where Baksheyev lived.

The defense called into question the man's guilt.

During the investigator, Baksheyev was diagnosed with an infectious disease that posed a threat to other people. For that reason, he was placed in a specialized healthcare establishment in summer 2018, where he underwent treatment.

In February 2019, the jury of the Krasnodar Prikubansky District Court found Natalya Baksheyeva guilty of instigation to murder. She was sentenced to ten years in a general-security penal colony with restriction of freedom for a period of 1.5 years.

The crime drew a broad public response. The media published reports on alleged numerous episodes of killings and cannibalism committed by the Baksheyev couple, but the materials of the criminal case only confirmed one killing, which took place in the fall of 2017.