Russian teens ‘stabbed man to death at party then murdered four female guests, one of whom raped, before burning their bodies’
- Sergey Burkaev, 16, and Konstantin Surkov, 17, ‘acquaintances’ murders
- Duo also allegedly raped one of the girls before slitting her throat
- The accused and their victims were at a house party in Kumertau, Russia
Two teenage boys reportedly stabbed a third to death after arguing over their cell phones. Then they killed four girlfriends so they couldn’t tell the police about the murder.
Sergey Burkaev (16) and Konstantin Surkov (17) allegedly raped their latest victim before slitting her throat.
The vodka-fuelled duo doused all five bodies with gasoline and set them on fire in a flat in southwestern Russia, prosecutors said.
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Charged with murder and rape: Sergey Burkaev, 16 (left) and Konstantin Surkov, 17, could face life sentences
The baby-faced couple apparently fled in a stolen car, but were arrested by traffic cops, who saw the vehicle being driven erratically.
If Surkov and Burkaev are convicted, they face life imprisonment.
The police who questioned them say both teens confessed to the murders and rape. The only reason they gave for the massacre was that they were drunk, the officers added.
The heinous crimes reportedly took place at a house party in the small town of Kumertau in Bashkortostan on Friday night.
A friend of partygoers – 17-year-old Svetlana Frolova – said: ‘I just can’t believe this happened. They were all so friendly to each other and always got along.
“I was also invited (to the party) and really wanted to go, but my mother told me to stay inside and do my homework. I’m so glad I did. I don’t understand why they did this.’
Arrested: One of the teens forced to lean face down on a police car after being stopped in a ‘stolen’ vehicle
Drunk Surkov and Burkaev are said to have accused party colleague Sidor Fokine, 22, of stealing their mobile phones.
When he denied it, they became enraged and took out their knives. Then they stabbed him in front of the other guests—all of whom were female.
But they were afraid that the young women would identify them as the killers. So they also stabbed them with a knife, including 16-year-old Maria Sorokina, in whose flat they were partying, and her 17-year-old friend Anastasia Selezneva.
Massacre Scene: Police officers at the Kumertau apartment building where five young people were killed
The other victims were 21 and 22 years old. Anastasia was the last to be murdered – and she was raped before her brutal death. The five bodies were set on fire in the apartment.
A police spokesman said of Surkov and Burkaev: “They were detained while trying to escape in a stolen car. They were covered in blood and still drunk.
“So far they’ve only said they did it because they were drunk.”