Svetlana Batukova, 46, appeared before a Manacor judge today accused of having stabbed her German husband to death at their home in Cala Millor last Friday.
She has been held in police custody since the murder and was today escorted to the court house by the Guardia Civil just after 10am. Shortly before 5.30pm, she emerged from the courthouse to be taken to jail where she will remain on remand until her court appearance to face a charge of murder. Bail was denied.
Batukova was found next to the bloody corpse of her husband, named locally as Horst Hans Henkels on Friday. A post mortem on Saturday revealed that the German had bled to death after being repeatedly stabbed with a kitchen knife. Flesh from his arms had reportedly been cut off and fed to the couple’s dog, an American Staffordshire bull terrier. Initial findings indicated that the victim had been drugged before being repeatedly stabbed and had bled to death on the floor of their flat in Sant Llorenç.
The couple had reportedly married in January and Henkels had recently undergone surgery on his trachea and could therefore hardly speak. Local police confirmed that they had been called out several times to the property in recent months over domestic rows. Batukova was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs when arrested.
Over the weekend it was also revealed that she had apparently offered money to someone to kill her husband but it appears that, in the end, she took matters into her own hands.