Bridegroom axed to death after turning to black magic to save marriage

Bridegroom axed to death after turning to black magic to save marriage

Bridegroom was axed to death by fake witchdoctor after turning to black magic when his wife left him a year after they married, say Russian police 

  • Anton Shabanov turned to black magic to save his new marriage to Lyubov
  • He enlisted the help of fraudster Nikolay Ivanov to perform rites in the woods
  • An argument broke out and Ivanov struck Shabanov in the head with an axe 

A husband has been bludgeoned to death with an axe after an occult ritual to save his marriage went wrong.

Anton Shabanov, 33, an engineer, turned to black magic after his wife Lyubov, 29, left him less than a year after their wedding.

He enlisted the support of convicted fraudster Nikolay Ivanov, 32, for a rite that involved burying the couple’s possessions in a forest near Astrakhan, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.

Anton Shabanov was bludgeoned to death with an axe after an occult ritual to save his marriage to Lyubov went wrong (pictured together at their wedding)

He enlisted the support of convicted fraudster Nikolay Ivanov (pictured), 32, for a rite that involved burying the couple’s possessions

As they performed the ritual, Ivanov mocked the other man and insulted his estranged wife, a court heard.

A fight ensued, and Ivanov used an axe to strike multiple blows to the groom’s head and neck, killing him.

He covered the body with branches and fled the scene.

Police later detained him, and he confessed to killing Shabanov, who worked for energy giant Lukoil.

A court jailed Ivanov, from Krasnoyarsk, for nine and a half years, and he was ordered to pay £20,700 in damages.

Ivanov used an axe to strike multiple blows to the groom’s head and neck, killing him before covering the body with branches (pictured)

Shabanov turned to black magic after his wife Lyubov, 29, left him less than a year after their wedding

A court jailed Ivanov, from Krasnoyarsk, for nine and a half years, and he was ordered to pay £20,700 in damages for the axe killing (weapon pictured)

A friend of the dead man told 360TV: ‘They had split up.

‘They did not divorce but had been living separately.

‘Naturally he was upset, but I cannot imagine he would be involved in rites to bring her back.’

But the committee said: ‘The court established that a local resident, wishing to restore relations with his wife, decided to resort to an occult ritual.

‘To perform the ceremony, he needed to bury their personal belongings in a deserted place outside the city.’

As they performed the ritual, Ivanov mocked Shabanov (pictured) and insulted his estranged wife

Police, pictured at the scene later detained Ivanov and he confessed to killing Shabanov, who worked for energy giant Lukoil

The statement said that ‘while digging a pit (Ivanov) spoke negatively about this ceremony and the victim’s wife, as a result of which a quarrel arose between the men.

‘The conflict escalated into a fight, during which (Ivanov) struck multiple blows with an axe to the head and neck of the Astrakhan resident, and then covered the body with branches and fled the scene of the crime’

Privolzhsky District Court in Astrakhan sentenced the murder to a ‘strict regime’ penal colony.

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