A woman accused of murdering a child in her care and brandishing the child’s severed head outside a metro station claims that “Allah ordered” her to carry out the act.
Gulchekhra Bobokulova, a 38-year-old mother of three sons from Uzbekistan, spoke to reporters on the way into the courtroom – where she was pictured smiling. In another image she appears to be yawning.
She also replied “yes” when asked if she accepted her guilt.
On Monday, police wrestled Bobokulova to the ground as she was displaying the severed head of a child outside a Moscow metro station, in an incident that stirred fears of an Islamist terrorist attack.
An investigator speaking in the court said that to date no one else had been found who was involved in the crime.
Bobokulova was arrested as half a dozen police officers swooped near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in Moscow, Russia, as she reportedly shouted she had a bomb.
The girl’s mum was later seen being taken away by paramedics after being told her daughter had been decapitated.
The girl’s mother, Ekaterina, is now being treated in hospital after collapsing when she was told the news by police.
Russian officials have said Bobokulova was suffering from mental health problems.
The nanny is currently undergoing psychiatric testing to see if she is mentally sound and able to understand the significance of the crime she has committed.