|Natalia Markelova has been jailed for eight years (Picture: East2West)|
A mother-of-four has been jailed for stabbing to death her allegedly abusive husband. Natalia Markelova, 39, from Russia, claimed she endured more than 15 years of physical abuse by her husband Evgeny Markelov, 41.
Mr Markelov wielded a knife and threatened to kill the 39-year-old in a vodka-induced rage in October 2015, a court heard.
The woman claimed the 41-year-old placed the knife in her hand, and taunted her to kill him, Independent reports. But the knife pierced his chest during the ensuing scuffle and he died at their Yekaterinburg home, she claimed.
Russian Jeremy Kyle shows murder re-enactment
|Evgeny Markelov was killed in October 2015 (Picture: East2West)|
She was sentenced to eight years just one day after President Vladimir Putin relaxed laws on domestic violence. Battery of a relative has now been downgraded from a criminal offence to a civil one.
Markelova, was allowed to live at home during the investigation on suspicion of ‘excessive self-defence’, and faced a maximum of two years in jail. But a year on, the charge was reclassified to murder.
|The mother claimed she was subject to more than 15 years of abuse (Picture: East2West)|
Her three children with Markelov, aged 14, six and 18 months have been left with her oldest daughter, aged 20, from a previous relationship. Her friend Yulia Gracheva said: ‘We don’t understand why the judge did not consider the fact that she had been beaten numerous times by this husband.
‘All the cases were registered with the police, and he always escaped punishment.’ Markelova performed a reenactment for Russian TV and said: ‘I was lying and watching TV and told him ‘go to bed. If you don’t, I will call the police’. ‘He replied: ‘If you call the police, I will kill you. So you better kill me now’.’
Her lawyer is appealing the decision.
Each year around 14,000 women in Russia are killed by their husbands or other relatives, according to a 2010 United Nations report.
- Metro, UK