Banker strangles girlfriend, dismember her body and flush her organs down the toilet

Sergey Kovalchuk, 28, the court heard, used a kitchen knife to cut up the corpse of Vera Nurbaeva, 23, whose limbs and severed head were put in four black bin bags and dumped in a remote pond near Moscow.

The Bank of Moscow executive was sentenced to nine and half years in prison following his conviction this week after confessing to the crime and "repenting."

Meanwhile no remains of Nurbaeva, who worked as a fitness club instructor and nightclub dancer, have ever been found.

Initially, it was thought Nurbaeva had been abducted into forced prostitution by an international mafia ring.

The two met on the internet, according to detective Dmitry Pichugin.

Kovalchuk and  Nurbaeva had a row after she accused him of stealing her mobile phone, and he strangled her in his Moscow apartment,  detective Pichugin said.

The Russian court was told: "Sergey grabbed Vera by the neck, and lying on the sofa on top of the victim, he strangled her with both hands. After the murder, he went to the supermarket nearby and bought cigarettes...He put the body to the bath and turned on the cold water shower directing it over her body."

"He started with the arms cutting them each into three pieces, and the legs into two, cut off the tendons and severed the hip joint. Then he tried to cut her backbone, but could not. He bent her body so that it broke," the court heard.

The court also heard: "Next he cut and gouged out her abdomen, took away the intestines and entrails and threw them into the toilet. He severed her head with a knife and threw away her clothes into a bin near the apartment block."

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