A Russian court has awarded a fifteen-year jail term to one Anastasia Baulina for killing her own son.
It was gathered that the 32-year-old burned her child alive after the boy exposed her promiscuous lifestyle to his stepfather.
Naija News learnt that the convict who lives in Kursk region near the border with Ukraine, bathed Andrey (8-year-old) with petrol before setting him on fire.
Though Baulina had argued during the court hearing that her intention was to only punish the child and not to kill him, the court paid a deaf ear to her pleas and sentenced her to prison.
In her claims, Baulina revealed she quickly put out the flames with snow when she discovered the boy was burning.
The judges, however, dismissed her claims after 12-year-old daughter Natalya gave a different testimony of the event.
Natalya had told the court how it was actually stepfather Pavel, 35, who extinguished the fire when he heard the agony of the child.
According to Natalya, Baulina had made her watch as she doused Andrey with fuel, before telling her ‘let’s go watch how the scarecrow burns’.
In a reenactment that was filmed by police, Baulina demonstrated on a plastic dummy how she poured petrol over Andrey’s head. She then struck three matches which all blew out, before successfully lighting a fourth which she threw at his jumper.
She recounted how Andrey had run screaming into the garden and fallen down on his hands and knees before claiming she covered him with snow.
It was told that Baulina had earlier screamed at the boy saying: ‘I will teach you to keep your mouth shut.’
Natalya explained further that Andrey had begged his mother saying; ‘please, don’t’ before she lit the match, but she had ignored his pleas.
The young boy, Naija News learnt was rushed to hospital but died in agony the following day as he was being taken by ambulance to a specialist burns unit.
It also revealed in the court how Baulina had earlier held the boy’s hand over a gas cooker flame when he took food from the fridge.
Before her sentence, Baulina had argued the claims that she is adulterous. A piece of evidence collected from her phone, however, showed that she was in another relationship.
One of the messages said found on her mobile device read: ‘I live with one person, have feelings for another.’
After being sentenced, the killer smiled from behind a mask as she told a local newspaper: ‘I’m not guilty of pre-mediated murder, for sure.
‘Yes, I wanted to scare my child, but I did not wish him dead. So it was destined by God for him and me,” Baulina reiterated.
Her husband used his constitutional right not to testify at her hearing, while her daughter is now being raised by a foster family.