A man has been arrested after he bought a wardrobe to hide the body of a young woman he says he accidentally killed, before hiring a removal firm to dump it on the roadside.
Cops arrested the unnamed 25-year-old man in the southern Brazilian municipality of Cascavel on the night of April 8.
According to police, he confessed to killing the woman he first met online during questioning, and it was also revealed that when cops turned up at his flat, he was just welcoming another woman who they suspect might have been his next planned victim.
He is accused of killing the woman in the wardrobe, identified as Gisele da Costa Santos, 26, who was found with her hands and feet bound alongside a main road in Cascavel the day before.
The man’s arrest took place following anonymous tip-offs made to the police.
Chilling image before woman found
Officers obtained security camera footage from the suspect’s apartment building, which showed him apparently loading the wardrobe containing the victim’s dead body onto the back of a truck.
The police said that after killing the young woman, the suspect bought the second-hand wardrobe online, tied the young woman’s body up using cut-up items of clothing, and stashed it inside.
He then allegedly hired a mover to take the item of furniture away and dump it alongside the main road leading out of the municipality.
The unnamed mover denied knowledge of the crime when questioned by the police and apparently did not challenge the young man as to why he was leaving the wardrobe beside the road.
According to the police, the suspect told officers he had met the woman online and it was the first time they had met in person.
“In his version of events, it was an accident," officer Diego Valim said.
“He said the girl saw some messages on his mobile phone and they had a falling out because, according to him, she became jealous, there was an argument, and he gave her a shove.
“After that, she fell to the ground and hit her head. He claimed it was their first date and he said he did not like the girl.”
The police remain unconvinced by the suspect’s allegations and revealed that he remained silent when asked why he did not call an ambulance.
Officers also found cut-up items of clothing and the victim’s mobile phone inside the suspect’s apartment building.
The suspect, who is originally from the north-eastern Brazilian state of Alagoas, was arrested as he arrived at his home with another woman, who he had also met online.
The suspect is expected to be formally charged with homicide.
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