Kirill Belorusov News Key Points
- Kirill Belorusov, 32, throttled French film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, after months of deception
- He bound her naked body, put her in a bin liner and buried her in a flower bed in her Kew garden below her flat
- Belorusov went upstairs to watch p*rn in her flat before fleeing to Estonia while sending texts to her friends
- Self-confessed ‘a****hole’ denied murder but was convicted at Old Bailey after just two hours of deliberation
- ‘I watch videos of her just to hear her voice’: Court hears mother’s poignant victim impact statement
This is the horrifying moment a ‘cold and calculating’ killer who strangled his ex and buried her in a flower bed in a premeditated murder held her hand and gripped her knee after a romantic meal in the hours before he snuffed out her life.
Lying Kirill Belorusov faces life in prison over ex-girlfriend Laureline Garcia-Bertaux’s murder https://t.co/k48ZRTNLEv
— Birmingham Live (@birmingham_live) September 30, 2019
Estonian stuntman Kirill Belorusov, 32, who claimed to be Brad Pitt’s body double in World War Z, murdered Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, before trying to hide her in the garden of her own flat in Kew.
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Today police released footage of her final hours with Bolurusov, who wined and dined her at a luxury Richmond restaurant on the night of Friday, March 1 before heading home on the bus holding hands.
The following day they went shopping at Pets at Home and Argos after habitual liar Bolurusov told her he had found her a new flat in South London and would help her move on
But on Saturday night, knowing that his lies would unravel when no removal van arrived the following morning, he strangled her to death over four minutes.
Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow had told the court: ‘The last few moments of Laur Eline’s life must have been truly terrifying as he squeezed the life out of her. She realized the man who cared for her was a cheat and a killer.
‘Laureline was a problem that had to be removed and the only way to do that was to silence her once and for all. And as a bonus, he walked away with the money he owed her’.
Kirill Belorusov buried her with a cable around her neck, her arms were bound behind her back and she was wrapped in bin bags secured with duct tape all bought in the local Homebase.
After watching p*rn in her flat and sending texts to Laureline’s friends from her phone in a bid to cover up the murder he fled to his native Estonia where he was arrested and extradited back to the UK.
A jury of seven women and five men at the Old Bailey found him guilty of murder today.
A victim impact statement read on behalf of Laureline’s mother Frederique Bertaux said: ‘The death of one’s own child goes against nature. There is not a moment during the day I don’t think of my Laureline. I can’t touch her, I can’t kiss her anymore. I watch videos of her just to hear her voice, hear her laugh, to see how she moves.
‘I would give anything to hear her happy moments, sad moments, and to hear her say “mum I love you”. It’s incredibly hard to begin to describe my sorrow, my heartbreak.’
Kirill Belorusov, 32, took Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, for a romantic meal, holding her hand on the bus home and then taking her to Argos to buy things for a new flat knowing he would soon murder her and bury her in her garden
After watching p*rn in her flat and sending texts to Laureline’s friends from her phone in a bid to cover up the murder he fled to his native Estonia (pictured at Luton Airport) where he was arrested and extradited back to the UK
CCTV of Kirill Belorusov leaving his local Homebase having bought an ax, rubber clogs, rubble sacks, and compost after he killed his victim
Kirill Belorusov bought his murder kit to Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, creeping up on her from behind while she was naked and strangling her for four minutes
Kirill Belorusov was today convicted of the murder of Laureline in Kew, south-west London in November 2018
Laureline’s mother Frederique Bertaux, her brother Florentine and Beth Penman, his fiancee leave the Old Bai ey after the guilty verdict. Her killer will be sentenced on Friday
Ms. Bertaux’s statement went on: ‘Losing a child is like having one of your own limbs cut off – a constant pain that nothing can relieve.
‘My darling, you’re not here but you’re all around me. I love you and I will love you forever.’
Frédérique Bertaux, the mother of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, outside the Old Bailey today
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said of Kirill Belorusov: ‘I’m entirely satisfied the defendant is not someone who believes the lies he tells.
‘He just tells them on a scale and magnitude which I have not encountered before. I do not believe he has ever had cancer. I’m entirely sure of that.’
Kirill Belorusov, a self-confessed ‘a***hole’ had ‘calmly and methodically’ throttled Miss Garcia-Bertaux, 34, for four minutes in March after tormenting her with emotional abuse for months.
CCTV showed Kirill Belorusov buying a murder kit of bin bags, duct tape, plastic clogs, rubble sacks, an ax and compost from Homebase.
He wrapped her body buried it in a shallow grave in the garden of her flat in Kew and then fled to his native Estonia to try to evade arrest – only after settling down to watch p*rn videos in her home.
He sent text messages from Ms. Garcia-Bertaux’s phone to her friends saying she was planning a ‘boob job’ or ‘lypo’ and expressing her delight at a fictitious new home.
One message said: ‘I went to see the house it’s BEAUTIFUL! And Kirill gave me another £7,000 so I’m going on a shopping spree… And he transferred another £10,000 a week ago… And he left…Housewarming party is coming real soon…So hot tub and boob lift.’
Kirill Belorusov was captured on CCTV buying items including an ax and rubble sacks in Homebase to dispose of her body, jurors heard.
Kirill Belorusov fled to Estonia, while Ms. Garcia-Bertaux was reported missing by worried friends after she failed to turn up to work at PR firm Golin, where she was an executive assistant.
She also worked as a producer in the television and film industry and had worked with Dame Joan Collins on the 2018 short film Gerry.
The actress said she was ‘shocked by the horrifying news’ after hearing of her death.
Kirill Belorusov was likened to a ‘Bond villain’ by his own barrister after he admitted he had ‘psychologically waterboarded’ Ms. Garcia-Bertaux, who he described as his ‘product’.
He repeatedly mocked her about her weight and sagging breasts while winning her sympathy by pretending he was being treated for cancer.
In the days before her murder Kirill Belorusov promised Ms. Garcia-Bertaux they could move into a new house together while he manipulated a string of other women.
His hold over her was so complete that she excitedly texted her friends about her new home while sending him the n*de pictures of herself he demanded.
Miss Garcia-Bertaux’s body was found in the back garden of a semi-detached house in Kew
Kirill Belorusov had swindled another lover called ‘Agnes’ out of £11,362 and used £400 of the money to wine and dine a third woman while claiming he was at a clinic getting emergency treatment.
The killer had a relationship with barmaid Sabrina Severino in the months leading up to the murder and treated her to dinner at luxury Russian restaurant Novikov and a night at a casino.
Kirill Belorusov had previously bragged of his knowledge of death holds to her and choked her until she almost passed out when they worked together at nightclub Egg London.
He had borrowed thousands of pounds from Ms. Garcia-Bertaux and was desperate to move out of her flat into their new home.
Pictured: The incident tent police erected over the shallow grave in which the French TV producer’s naked body was found
Kirill Belorusov had been promising to send her the address for weeks and murdered her when he ran out of lies and the victim became ‘a problem that had to be removed.’
Ms. Garcia-Bertaux had booked a removal van and packed her belongings to move out the day after he strangled her.
The stuntman, who claims to have appeared as Brad Pitt’s double in action movie World War Z, crept up on the naked victim from behind before strangling her with ‘brutal and clinical precision.’
Kirill Belorusov denied murder but was convicted by an Old Bailey jury of seven women and five men today.
Ms. Garcia-Bertaux’s mother Frédérique Bertaux sat stony-faced as the unanimous verdict was announced.
The Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard is expected to sentence Kirill Belorusov at a later date.
Earlier prosecutor Oliver Glasgow said: ‘It is difficult to conceive of someone behaving in a more calculated or callous manner.
‘The last few moments of Laureline’s life must have been truly terrifying as he squeezed the life out of her.
‘She realis the man who cared for her was a cheat and a killer.
‘The killing itself was four slow minutes in which he calmly and methodically killed the woman he claimed to care for.
‘It was the kind of calculated and selfish callousness that only a man who would lie about his impending death could show.
‘Anyone who can lie to people who care about them just to punish them can only think about himself.
‘There was no way he could play out his lies to a successful conclusion as Laureline was a problem that had to be removed and the only way to do that was to silence her once and for all.
‘And as a bonus, he walked away with the money he owed her.
‘A talented young woman who was loved by all who knew her was killed with brutal and clinical precision and then disposed of with utter disdain.’
Mr. Glasgow said Kirill Belorusov ‘lied his way from woman to woman.’
‘He is someone who has tricked them into caring for him, someone who has deceived them into shedding tears for an illness he may never have had.
‘He pitied her, he rubbished and demeaned her whenever he could.
‘He called himself a monster and tried to make a joke out of how the messages made him look.
‘He said he poked her because he’s cruel and means he took advantage of what she was most vulnerable about, her appearance, money, a roof over her head.
‘She was, as he told you, his product – he worked on her for ten years.
‘In his pity, he crushed her neck with such force that the pathologist had never seen such severe signs of asphyxia is was he said as if something had fallen on her chest – until his arms ached.’
The killer correctly guessed his victim’s WiFi password to be his own name, kirillbelorusov1′ and used it to watch Por*hub in the hours after the murder.
CCTV footage of Kirill Belorusov dated March 3, 2019 (left) in a Homebase store after he allegedly killed the victim. Three days later he is in Luton airport (right) where he took a flight to his home country Estonia
The Russian used Ms. Garcia-Bertaux’s phone to mimic her in texts sent to her best friend Beth Penman in a bid to cover his tracks.
He translated messages into French to send to her family as he made his plans to escape to Tallinn in Estonia from where he was extradited.
Ms. Garcia-Bertaux was reported missing on March 5 after failing to turn up for work.
Her body was found the following day in the back garden of her home in Darell Road, Kew.
The court heard he was born in northern Russia where his father Oleg was stationed in the military.
He served in the navy for four years before joining his best friend in London to practice his English in 2009.
Kirill Belorusov worked as a nightclubs bouncer and was cast as extra in films, progressing to fight choreography for two years.
Ms. Garcia-Bertaux was originally from Aix-en-Provence and had worked in the film and producing industry.
At the time of her death, she was employed as an executive assistant for PR firm Golin.
The couple met at a gig in London in 2009 and began dating shortly afterward.
He told the court: ‘We spent the whole of the night walking and walking and walking, and in the morning I decided to get to her place and she invited me over. She said ‘yes’ and I never left,’ he said.
Kirill Belorusov said they had separated in 2016 after ‘a slow build-up over years’ and at the time their dog Jazz was ‘the only thing connecting us.’
The victim’s mother sat in the well of the court helped by a French translator as Kirill Belorusov giggled while messages he sent to her daughter her were read to the court.
‘Will it be possible for some nudies to keep me motivated and happy until Friday?’ one read.
‘I wanna see all of you, please be kinky.
‘I want booby and you naked and pretty. I miss your soft curvy self.’
Asked why he was laughing the killer said: ‘I guess we just find different things funny.’
He said he had sent messages to ‘poke and annoy’ her and had been emotional ‘waterboarding’ the victim for more than a year while he spun a web of lies about the house he had found.
‘Waterboarding is a technique of torture, is it? What does it mean to you?’ Mr. Glasgow asked.
The Estonian replied: ‘Just mental nagging, I guess.
Kirill Belorusov said he gaslighted the victim in order to ‘force-feed her maturity’ and ‘teach her a lesson’ but insisted a mystery person was responsible for the killing.
Phone evidence placed him in the area but at the time but Kirill Belorusov claimed he sat on a park bench at the end of Ms. Garcia-Bertaux’s road eating pork scratchings and drinking beer all night until 7.30 am.
‘I got to the park and I saw a bench and I just couldn’t resist sitting on it,’ Kirill Belorusov told jurors.
‘Sitting there with his shaved head he looked like an archetypal Bond villain,’ his barrister Martin Rutherford told the court.
The barrister added Kirill Belorusov might have behaved like an ‘a***hole’ but that did not necessarily mean he was a killer too.
Kirill Belorusov, of no fixed address, denied but was convicted of murder.