A cemetery worker has allegedly raped and strangled an 11-year-old newspaper delivery girl after he was freed from jail for murder.
According to police, Artem Osipov, 40, has confessed to killing 11-year-old Polina Skovorodchenko, whose body he then buried in a shallow grave in a forest in Russia.
The girl’s mother Alyona, 34, called the police when her daughter failed to return home in the early evening.
Relatives said that she had been delivering a free local newspaper in the snow-covered streets of Asbest when she went missing, reports 360TV.
Three days later, her body was discovered when CCTV footage appeared to show the convicted murderer Osipov as the suspect. The police then arrested him.
The Russian investigative committee said: “He met the girl on the street, talked to her.”
It is believed that the convicted murderer took her back to his home, it possibly being that he promised she could deliver the newspaper to his block of flats, investigators said.
They said: “He got rid of the body of the deceased in the dark, taking it to a site near his home.
“The suspect hid the body of the dead girl in the ground, covering it with tree branches.”
They added: “Subsequently, he committed violent acts of a sexual nature against the victim and strangled her.”
Investigators have said that Osipov has confessed to the rape and killing of Polina and that it was a random attack.
The committee commented: “The man also showed the place where the body of the murdered girl was hidden.”
Osipov was released from a 15-year prison sentence in February for murder.
Previously, he has been convicted of robbery, theft and drug trafficking.
Reports say that the convicted murderer was meant to be under close supervision by police when he attacked the young girl.
If convicted for the rape and killing of 11-year-old Polina, he faces life in jail.
Polina’s stepfather Denis said: ”We demand that he is never released.
“He did such a bad thing, raping and killing a child.
“What other punishment could he have?”
Another relative added: “We want him to live and suffer a long time.
“Death would be too mild a punishment for him.”