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Life sentence for man who killed his parents in a row about his dog

A man from New Zealand has been sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing both of his parents to death at their home in west London.

Sergey Koudryavtsev, 48, originally from New Zealand, worked as a visual effects artist on some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including Lord of the Rings and X-Men the Last Stand. He travelled to London in 2016 to stay with his parents after his marriage broke down.

In May of this year he called the police, confessing he had killed his Russian born parents, Tatiana and Vladimir Koudryavtsev, in their flat at Appleford Road in North Kensington three days earlier.

Koudryavtsev told police he had argued with his parents about his dog, an elderly mastiff. When officers went to the flat they found that Tatiana and Vladimir had both been stabbed to death.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of murder.

The tragic death of Tatiana and Vladimir Koudryavtsev was the result of pent up anger and a three-month fantasy of Sergey Koudryavtsev to see his parents dead.

While he lived rent-free with his parents, disagreements had been common, especially over differences of opinion about the superiority of humans over animals. This led to Koudryavtsev’s thoughts of violence as a way to remedy what he saw as injustices against his dog.

He had been practicing with a number of combat style knives found at the house, along with trying exercises such as martial arts, that he would eventually use to end the life of his parents.

In stark contrast to his violent actions, he was concerned that the arrival of the police at the pub where he made the call to the police may inconvenience them.

Most chilling of all perhaps is that Koudryavtsev admitted that fatally stabbing his parents felt natural. He has now been given two life sentences for his crimes.

– Olcay Sapanoglu, Senior Crown Prosecutor