Russian teenagers ‘stabbed a man to death at a party and then murdered the four female guests, raped one, before burning their bodies’
- Sergey Burkaev, 16, and Konstantin Surkov, 17, ‘confessed’ to their murders
- Duo is also said to have raped one of the girls before slitting her throat.
- The defendants and their victims were at a house party in Kumertau, Russia.
Two teenage girls reportedly stabbed a third to death after arguing over their cell phones and then killed four friends they were with so they couldn’t tell police about the murder.
Sergey Burkaev, 16, and Konstantin Surkov, 17, are said to have raped their latest victim before slitting her throat.
According to prosecutors, the duo, fueled by vodka, doused the five bodies with gasoline and set them on fire in an apartment in southwestern Russia.
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Accused of murder and rape: Sergey Burkaev, 16 (left) and Konstantin Surkov, 17, could be sentenced to life in prison
The baby-faced couple apparently fled in a stolen car, but were arrested by traffic officers, who saw the vehicle driving erratically.
If convicted, Surkov and Burkaev face life in prison.
Police who questioned them say both teens confessed to the murders and rape. The only reason they gave for the killing was that they were drunk, the officers added.
The horrific crimes reportedly took place at a house party in the small town of Kumertau in Bashkortostan on Friday night.
A friend of the partygoers, Svetlana Frolova, 17, said: “I can’t believe this happened.” They were all very friendly with each other and always hung out together.
‘I had also been invited (to the party) and I really wanted to go, but my mother said I had to stay home to do my homework. I’m very glad I did it. I can’t understand why they did this.’
Arrested: One of the young men is ordered to lean face down on a police car after being detained in a ‘stolen’ vehicle
A drunken Surkov and Burkaev are said to have accused their party mate Sidor Fokine, 22, of stealing their mobile phones.
When he denied it, they became angry and pulled out their knives. They then stabbed him in front of the other guests, all of them women.
But they feared that the young women would identify them as the murderers. So they stabbed them too, including 16-year-old Maria Sorokina, in whose apartment they were partying, and her friend Anastasia Selezneva, 17.
Scene of the massacre: police officers at the Kumertau apartment block where five young men were murdered
The other victims were 21 and 22 years old. Anastasia was the last to be murdered and was raped before her brutal death. The five bodies were burned in her 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.”