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Ukrainian rapper’s wife ‘who chopped up her dead husband’s corpse’ appears in court

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The wife of a popular rap singer who is accused of murdering her husband and reportedly chopping up his body and keeping it in a fridge in their home appeared in court today.  

The dismembered body of artist Andy Cartwright, 30, was found in his flat in Russia and his wife claimed he had died of a drug overdose in St Petersburg. 

Marina Kukhal, 36, told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death – and dismembered his body over four days, storing body parts in black plastic bags and her fridge. 

Marina Kukhal, 36, appeared for a court hearing in St Petersburg today after being detained for her husband's murder

Marina Kukhal, 36, appeared for a court hearing in St Petersburg today after being detained for her husband's murder

Marina Kukhal, 36, appeared for a court hearing in St Petersburg today after being detained for her husband’s murder

Kukhal is accused of dismembering her husband Andy Cartwright's body and keeping it in their fridge

Kukhal is accused of dismembering her husband Andy Cartwright's body and keeping it in their fridge

Kukhal is accused of dismembering her husband Andy Cartwright’s body and keeping it in their fridge

The limbs were reportedly sawn ‘perfectly’ and the body parts sprinkled with salt. 

Kukhal, who is being held ‘for her own protection’ from Mr Cartwright’s angry fans,  appeared at court handcuffed with her coat hood up and a face mask on. 

After being detained by Russian murder detectives, she is said to have pleaded to her lawyer: ‘What have I done? What have I done?’ 

Kukhal used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say. 

The dismembered body of popular rap singer Andy Cartwright, 30, (pictured) was found in his flat in Russia

The dismembered body of popular rap singer Andy Cartwright, 30, (pictured) was found in his flat in Russia

The dismembered body of popular rap singer Andy Cartwright, 30, (pictured) was found in his flat in Russia

The dismembered body parts were found in the rapper's flat in St Petersburg, pictured above

The dismembered body parts were found in the rapper's flat in St Petersburg, pictured above

The dismembered body parts were found in the rapper’s flat in St Petersburg, pictured above 

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, (pictured) told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an 'inglorious' death - and dismembered his body over four days

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, (pictured) told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an 'inglorious' death - and dismembered his body over four days

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, (pictured) told detectives that she did not want his fans to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death – and dismembered his body over four days

Kukhal's lawyer Irina Skurtu said the defendant had called her after the incident repeatedly pleading 'What have I done?'

Kukhal's lawyer Irina Skurtu said the defendant had called her after the incident repeatedly pleading 'What have I done?'

Kukhal’s lawyer Irina Skurtu said the defendant had called her after the incident repeatedly pleading ‘What have I done?’

The couple’s two year old child was in the same flat as she severed the singer’s body parts, it was reported. 

Russian police say they have opened a murder probe into the death of the star, whose real name was Alexander Yushko, originally from Ukraine.   

State investigators say they have no proof yet from initial forensic tests that Kukhal killed her husband.

Today, new shocking claims reported by BAZA news outlet suggested the rapper’s internal organs were cleaned in a washing machine by his wife after the body was dismembered.  

Parts of the rapper's dismembered body were found stored in the fridge in the apartment, pictured above

Parts of the rapper's dismembered body were found stored in the fridge in the apartment, pictured above

Parts of the rapper’s dismembered body were found stored in the fridge in the apartment, pictured above

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say. Above, outside the apartment building where Cartwright's body was found

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say. Above, outside the apartment building where Cartwright's body was found

Wife Marina Kukhal, 36, used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl and chopping board, police say. Above, outside the apartment building where Cartwright’s body was found 

Andy Cartwright, 30

Andy Cartwright, 30

Andy Cartwright pictured with his wife

Andy Cartwright pictured with his wife

Police have launched a murder probe after Cartwright’s dismembered body was found in the apartment. Cartwright pictured, left, and with wife Marina Kukhal, right 

In addition, the investigators found traces of male hands on one of the forearms, as if the victim had been grabbed, said a report citing unnamed law enforcement sources. 

When he was found, some organs such as the stomach were missing from the flat. 

The widow had also thoroughly cleaned their apartment on main street Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg, it was reported. 

Kukhal told police she found the singer dead from a drugs overdose at their elite St Petersburg apartment – and did not want his followers to know he had died such an ‘inglorious’ death.

She aimed to dispose of the rapper’s body and then say he had gone missing. There are also reports he had heart problems.

She also claimed he had started taking drugs after becoming depressed during the pandemic.

The man’s friends said he had alcohol problems but did not take drugs.

Reports also claimed that the woman’s mother had assisted her at the apartment. 

The woman’s lawyer Irina Skurtu – who had urged the wife to go to police over the dismembering – denied reports that she put body parts in the washing machine. 

vvKukhal, pictured above, was detained by police and is expected to undergo a polygraph test

vvKukhal, pictured above, was detained by police and is expected to undergo a polygraph test

Marina Kukhal, pictured above, was detained by police and is expected to undergo a polygraph test 

Kukhal, pictured above, told his fans on social media that he had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic

Kukhal, pictured above, told his fans on social media that he had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic

Kukhal, pictured above, told his fans on social media that he had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic 

She also disputed that the rapper’s mother-in-law had been involved. 

Kukhal’s lawyer Irina Skurtu said: ‘The remains were kept in Alexander’s room (in black bin liners) and in a fridge.

‘The smell was only in this room. She seemed to me absolutely sane, although very nervous but she can be understood.

‘She does not look to me like a mad drug addict. She explained the situation quite coherently but kept repeating: ‘What have I done? What have I done?”

Kukhal called in her lawyer and the police after realising she ‘morally’ and ‘psychologically’ appalled about her plan to dismember his body said Skurtu.

The lawyer claimed that if she is telling the truth and she had not committed a crime in Russian law. 

The unnamed mother-in-law has been ordered not to leave St Petersburg, say reports. 

Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said no drugs were found on the rapper’s body, citing sources. 

The widow was detained. She is expected to undergo a polygraph test as part of the murder probe. She claimed she found a syringe next to his body.

He had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic, she told his fans on social media.

Forensic tests are underway in an attempt to establish the cause of death.

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New Zealand records four new COVID-19 cases and plunges back into lockdown

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New Zealand has plunged back into a strict lockdown after four members of one family tested positive for coronavirus – despite 102 days of zero community transmission. 

The nation has been the envy of the world for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly after passing the 100 day milestone.

But from midday on Wednesday, Auckland will reenter a stage three lockdown and the rest of the nation will enter a level two lockdown after new cases were identified on Tuesday.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Contact tracing is now underway among multiple workplaces across New Zealand, and close contacts of the confirmed cases have been instructed to self isolate. 

Ms Ardern is concerned about the origin of the virus, given the family have no links to overseas travel.

‘We have not yet been able to determine the source of these cases, there is no known link to hotel quarantine.

‘One of the most important lessons we have learned from overseas is to go hard at this… In line with our precautionary approach, we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift lockdown’.  

Ms Ardern admitted authorities are ‘expecting to see more cases’ linked to the cluster. 

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’.

‘You are asked to stay home in your bubble unless you are an essential worker’. 

All bars, restaurants and public services must close by midday on Wednesday, as gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited.

‘If you are in Auckland, we ask that you wear a mask when accessing essential services.’

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’

‘While this initial three day lockdown will primarily effect the Auckland region, I am asking our team of five million to stay alert as well. We have defeated this virus before and can do it again.’ 

The rest of the nation will enter a three day level two lockdown. 

If contact tracing and widespread testing do not identify the source of the current outbreak, the lockdown could be extended.

‘If we are not able to identify the source, we should be able to identify whether we have wider geographic spread.’

Authorities hope their swift action will help to manage the potential spread of the virus following the latest outbreak. 

New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown on March 25, acting swiftly once the threat of COVID-19 was present.

By April 27, the virus appeared somewhat under control and the lockdown was eased to level 3. 

May 13 signalled the beginning of level 2 lockdown while most restrictions were entirely eased on June 9. 

Ms Ardern said she has no doubt New Zealand will defeat the virus for a second time. 

More to come. 

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Australians could travel to Bali from NEXT MONTH as Indonesian officials push for travel bubble

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Australians could be allowed to travel to Bali from as early as next month as Indonesian officials push for a travel bubble between the two nations. 

Indonesia‘s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said Australia is one of a select number of countries officials would like to welcome tourists ahead of plans to reopen Bali on September 11.

‘We have to carefully selected (countries), so I think Australia, New Zealand later on, China, of course, and maybe South Korea and Japan. We are studying day by day,’ he said. 

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Mr Luhut, who was speaking at an address to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club on Monday, said discussions would be held with the Australian government. 

‘Right now we negotiate with Australia. We will see what happens, what they need from us and what we need from them,’ he said.

‘We need to negotiate standard of care because nobody can claim they’re better than others. Look at America right now. Look at Singapore right now.’ 

Mr Luhut said he believes Indonesia is currently handling the coronavirus pandemic ‘okay’ but needs to remain vigilant. 

According to the minister, Indonesia remains on track to reopen its international borders in September. Bali welcomed domestic travellers on July 31 and saw about 4,000 additional arrivals daily. 

Tourism brings in billions of dollars to the Indonesian economy each year.

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia’s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali’s international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

There were more than 16million visitors to Indonesia last year, including 1.3million Australians, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Despite Mr Luhut’s hopeful comments, there is little indication the Australian government would implement a travel bubble with Indonesia anytime soon. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s international borders remain closed for the foreseeable future and citizens are advised against leaving. 

On Tuesday, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner warned border controls on visitors from coronavirus hotspots would remain in place for at least 18 months. 

Queensland has barred visitors from NSW and Victoria, while WA Premier Mark McGowan announced his borders could remain shut until mid-next year.

Indonesia has recorded more than 127,000 coronavirus cases and more than 5,700 deaths.  

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Viewers left in tears after ‘powerful’ Black Lives Matter series Unsaid Stories

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A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one. 

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally. 

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one from going, he’s forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest. 

The emotional scenes – played across a 15-minute episode – were labelled ‘incredibly powerful and moving’ by Twitter users who rushed to praise the short-series for its ‘honest’ writing.

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A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ''#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn't but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody'

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ''#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn't but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody'

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ”#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn’t but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody’

One viewer wrote: ‘#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn’t but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody.’

Another said: ‘Such a wonderfully written, moving and important short film,’ while a third added: ‘Quiet, moving, powerful… long enough to tell it’s story, important enough to prompt conversations.’ 

While a fourth impressed viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Wow that was brilliant. So moving. Thanks ITV.’

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the first episode, when Oliver catches his teenage daughter, Justina, sneaking out, the usual scenes of antagonism between parent and child follow.  

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he's forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he's forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he’s forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

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The emotional scenes - played across a 15-minute episode - were labelled 'incredibly powerful and moving' by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its 'honest' writing

The emotional scenes - played across a 15-minute episode - were labelled 'incredibly powerful and moving' by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its 'honest' writing

The emotional scenes – played across a 15-minute episode – were labelled ‘incredibly powerful and moving’ by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its ‘honest’ writing

However, it is soon discovered that Justina is sneaking out to a Black Lives Matter march, leaving her father shocked and concerned. 

His daughter cannot understand why he doesn’t appear to support the anti-racism cause and begs for an explanation.

Eventually, a heartbroken Oliver reveals that he protested racism in his youth when at university, but never attended another rally after his first because he watched his best friend be killed by racists following it.

He recalled how he and his friend were walking back home after a protest when they were attacked by racists.

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Oliver said nearby police failed to help when he ran and upon his return, his friend Anton had been beaten to death.

‘[The attackers] must have realised they’d gone too far as all of a sudden they’d just stopped,’ Oliver told his daughter.

‘Every inch of Anton’s face was covered in blood. I watched my best friend die. Just like that, Anton was gone.’ 

After comforting her father, Justina convinces him to attend the protest with her and the pair are captured making their way to the event. 

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