A BURGER King boss was raped and killed by a convicted sex beast after she gave him a lift on a ride-sharing app.
The naked body of Irina Akhmatova, 29 was found buried in a forest after she was strangled by former special services soldier Vitaly Chikirev, 42.
Irina Akhmatova was found buried in the forest
Chikirev who was previously jailed for a brutal sex attack, used a fake profile on car-sharing app BlaBlaCar to trick the woman into giving him a lift to her home city Tula, a court was told.
Akhmatova had been missing one week when Chikirev, a dad-of-four was detained and later confessed on camera to killing her.
During the investigation, he admitted to killing two other people, including a woman murdered in 2010, but the names and circumstances have not been released.
The Burger King executive who would often use the car-sharing app so she wouldn’t be alone during long rides, was a married mum of a daughter.
The killer’s initial plan was to steal and then sell her Audi 4 car as well as rob her of money and jewellery.
Eventually, he dumped the car and made away with just £100 from her purse when he realised there was a major search underway for his victim.
The woman’s car was located covered in snow in a supermarket car park in Yaroslavl 170 miles in the opposite direction from Moscow.
According to reports Chikirev had set up various fake profiles- both male and female- in BlaBlaCar, aiming to take lifts and then rob the drivers.
The suspect had previous convictions for rape and armed assault and had been ordered to pay fines and compensation totalling £9,600.
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HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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