Student Who 'Found' Murdered Woman Is Her Killer: Police

A 21-year-old Ukrainian student who had recently passed all her exams was strangled to death by a fellow Ukrainian, who then lied about finding her body when he went to visit her, police say.

The victim, identified only as Mariia, was found dead in a room at the Mlada Garda student dormitory in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 3.

She was regarded as a top student, had recently passed all her exams, and had a bright future ahead of her after studying for a year at the Slovak University of Technology (STU), which owns the dormitory where she died.

Ukrainian woman named Mariia found dead
A Ukrainian university student, identified only as Mariia, 21, was found dead in a room at the Mlada Garda dormitory in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 3, 2022. @mariia.kruxlaya/Zenger

Cops now say the male student who reported her death to the police has been charged with her murder after allegedly admitting to the killing.

The suspect, identified only as Volodymyr, 22, can be seen on video in police custody as he is led back to the dormitory to be questioned about what happened. Local media reported that the victim's fellow students and the staff at the dorm were in a state of shock.

STU spokesperson Juraj Rybansky said: "The case is being investigated by the police, who will provide additional information. STU deeply regrets the incident and expresses its sincere condolences to the bereaved."

Slovakian Police for the Bratislava Region said in a statement: "An investigator from the criminal police department of the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Bratislava brought charges of a particularly serious murder crime in connection with the finding of the body of a 21-year-old woman, whose lifeless body was found on Friday (June 3, 2022) in a dorm on Racianska Street."

Suspect Volodymyr in Ukraine dorm death
The Ukrainian suspect, identified only as Volodymyr, 22, with police in Bratislava, Slovakia. KRPZBA/Zenger

The police added: "According to the evidence secured so far, the accused man grabbed the young woman's neck with both hands and started strangling her shortly after 12 noon on June 2, 2022. As a result, the woman suffered injuries that led to her death.

Victim Mariia in Slovakia killing
A Ukrainian university student, identified only as Mariia, 21, (pictured) was found dead in a room at the Mlada Garda dormitory in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 3, 2022. @mariia.kruxlaya/Zenger

"The suspect turned himself in to the police department on Wednesday (June 8, 2022), where he confessed to committing the act.

"For this reason, the investigation of the case was taken over by police officers of the Criminal Police Department of the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Bratislava, who intensively continue the investigation and provide the necessary evidence in this regard.

"The case was registered immediately by the members of the District Directorate of the Police in Bratislava III on June 3, 2022, after the notification of the finding of the woman's body, and at the same time criminal proceedings were initiated on the same day in the matter of the offense.

"After performing the necessary procedural acts and bringing charges, the man was placed in a police detention cell. In this context, the investigator of the Bratislava Regional Criminal Court also prepared a motion to prosecute the accused man."

The investigation is ongoing.

Slovakian Police for the Bratislava Region said in a statement that Volodymyr faces 15 to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

Volodymyr during the murder reconstruction
The Ukrainian suspect, identified only as Volodymyr, 22, during the murder reconstruction in Bratislava, Slovakia. @KRPZBA/Zenger

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