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Husband Found Guilty of Murdering Pianist Natalia Strelchenko

Natalia Strelchenko

48 year old John Martin has been found guilty, in a Manchester Court of murdering Russian-born Norwegian concert pianist, Natalia Strelchenko – in the couple’s home on August 31st last year.

A graduate of the St Petersburg State Conservatory and theNorwegian Academy of Music, she had performed extensively across Europe, the United States and Asia – including recitals at New York’sCarnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Natalia, 38 died from the result of massive head and neck injuries – with an autopsy revealing she was the victim of 45 separate blows to her face.

Prosecutors made claims, the accused, a professional double bass player, was jealous of his wife’s career.

Claims were also made to he had previously throttled her in bed, thrown her down a flight of stairs, strangled her in a car and forced her to abort the couple’s unborn child.

Martin denied the murder charge claiming he was depressed and under the influence of a cocktail of drugs and alcohol at the time of the attack.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

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