A CONTROLLING monster ex-cop knifed his ex-wife to death in front of her colleagues after she refused to unlock her iPhone so he could check her messages.
Vadim Tekhov, 32, stabbed Regina Gagieva, 22, 15 times with a kitchen knife in a furious rage at her workplace.
After arriving at the computer shop in the city of Vladikavkaz in southwestern Russia, he accused his former spouse of exchanging messages with other men.
He then demanded Ms Gagieve, the mother of his child, unlock her smartphone for him and is seen on CCTV footage threatening the mother-of-one as she refuses to obey him.
Tekhov then launched into a savage knife attack, stabbing his victim up to a dozen times before he left her lying in a pool of her own blood.
Ms Gagieva was rushed to hospital with 15 wounds across her neck and upper body and placed into a medically induced coma before she passed away several days later, without regaining consciousness.
“Her neck along with the carotid artery were completely damaged and the brain has stopped receiving oxygen. Her brain died on her way to hospital. She had almost no chance of surviving”, doctors explained.
One witness told local media, “She was bleeding from her horrific wounds and could not speak. She looked at me in terror. I will never forget this.”
A colleague added: “It all happened as fast as lightning.
“We did not have a chance to help her, she was already unconscious.”
The brutal murder has sparked outrage after it emerged that Gagieva had repeatedly approached authorities about the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of Tekhov.
The pair married when she had just graduated high school at age 18, when Tekhov ‘kidnapped’, her in accordance with local traditions.
Gagieva divorced Tekhov two years later after the birth of their son, Vadim, weary from enduring constant beatings. But she continued to be harassed and threatened by her ex-husband.
Regina’s mother Zema said; “All the time he was jealous. He told her: ‘If you are not with me, you will not be with anyone. Be with me, or I will kill you’.”
She had persistently reported allegations of domestic abuse to the police, but no investigation was ever launched or she was fobbed off and told it was just a family dispute.
Gagieva’s sister Roxana Zaseeva said she “was planning to move 1,500 miles to St. Petersburg to get away from him.”
Zaseeva claims Tekhov had sinisterly told her sister: “I don’t care about the tag. No-one will do anything to me.
“If I had my way, I would sentence him to be executed by shooting.”
At the time of the murder, Tekhov had been placed under house arrest and was electronically tagged after he stabbed two men in 2018.
He was found guilty of Ms Gagieva’s murder, as well as previous beatings, death threats, and the attempted murder of the two males, and was jailed for 16 years.
Gagieva’s murder sparked a national outcry, slamming the police’s approach to women reporting domestic violence and suggesting they failed the 22-year-old.
Her family called for the trial to be open to the media, yet the judge ruled it should be private.
The case, which was postponed by 18 months due to the pandemic, established she had been beaten numerous times previously.
Swathes of mourners attended her funeral service in Vladikavkaz in a show of support, as domestic violence continues to plague the women of Russia.
According to local custom, the couples son, Vadim, was to be raised by Tekhov’s family upon his mothers death, but Gagieva’s family have custody of the now five-year-old.
Gagieva “would be alive today” if police had made sure Tekhov abided to his “isolation from society” after the attack on two males.
The Sovietsky District Court of Vladikavkaz also granted Roxana Zaseeva’s civil claim for compensation of the amount of 3 million roubles.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.