YouTuber who beat girlfriend to death for money during livestream is jailed

A YouTuber who killed his girlfriend in a chilling livestream before telling viewers "she's not breathing" has been jailed.

Stas Reeflay, real name Stanislav Reshetnikov, 30, was paid to attack Valentina "Valya" Grigoryeva, 28, at his home near Moscow, Russia.

In the disturbing footage, he labelled her a “prostitute” and “smelly”.

Valentina was pushed onto the balcony of the flat wearing just her underwear.

Reshetnikov said that Valentina had an intestinal condition, and that he forced her outside "so that she would not stink", MediaZone reported.

He later brought her back in and told viewers: “Guys… No pulse… She’s pale. She is not breathing.”

According to one Russian news channel on Telegram, one of Reshetnikov’s online followers had paid him $1,000 [about £740] to continue the vile treatment.

Initial reports claim Valentina died from being locked outside in subzero temperatures.

However, forensic experts later concluded a head injury was the cause of death.

Valentina’s corpse had “craniocerebral trauma” and “multiple bruising on the face and haemorrhaging of soft tissues”.

Reshetnikov "testified that on the day in question he hit the deceased several times on the head”, according to a law enforcement source.

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He admitted “beating her”.

Initial reports that she was pregnant were later denied.

Psychological and psychiatric examinations of the streamer found him to be “sane” and fit to face trial.

Reshetnikov was convicted of "intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm, dangerous to human life, committed with the use of an object used as a weapon, resulting in the death of the victim by negligence".

Reshetnikov was afterwards sentenced to six years in a strict penal colony.

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His mother, brothers and sister attended his trial.

They were described by NTV as being “in a very subdued mood, and refusing to talk to the media”.

His mother, a sales manager, had said earlier that her son ”wouldn’t hurt a kitten” and was “very kind”.

Leading Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov has called for specific legal punishments for “trash streams” highlighting cruelty.

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He wants six years jail in the worst cases, and punitive fines.

“This is becoming more and more widespread, so it is necessary to legislatively respond to this form of activity,” he said.

“Naturally, if we are talking about direct participation or complicity in murder, then the imprisonment term may be longer.”

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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