Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A teenager has been arrested after his dad told Brazilian cops he suspected the boy had killed his girlfriend.
Paulo Eduardo Scravonatto aged 19 was arrested after his father, whose identity was not disclosed, suspected he murdered Joana Fabris Deon, also 19, in the city of Bento Goncalves located in the Brasilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Local media reported that the incident happened on Saturday (17th July), after which Scravonatto had called his father claiming that Joana, who was reportedly his girlfriend, was wounded and needed to be urgently transported to the hospital.
The young man claimed Joana was shot by street thugs, after she stood up against them when they tried to take her belongings.
Scravonatto and his father then took the woman to the nearby Tacchini Hospital, where she soon died after she succumbed to her injuries, whilst the 19-year-old man was released after telling his version of the story to the police.
However, according to Chief Deise Salton Brancher and Head of Specialized Police Stations on Assistance to Women (DEAMs), the father came back to the police station later during the day and claimed his son was the one who murdered the woman instead.
Police and Military Intelligence investigators then went to Scravonatto’s house, where they witnessed the crime scene and seized a gun, which allegedly belonged to him.
The officers then questioned the suspect again, who then allegedly changed the story and claimed that he accidentally shot the victim.
However, after his father gave another statement confirming his previous assumptions, Scravonatto was arrested on the basis of femicide and is currently awaiting trial.
Chief Brancher said: “It’s a very delicate situation, which involves family members of both the victim and the suspect, because we have a mother and father who lost a daughter, but we also have a father who acted correctly and alerted the police of his own son’s actions.”
Meanwhile Joana’s family denied a possible connection between Scravonatto and the victim, however according to the Chief the two were very “intimate and affectionate” towards each other.
The police reported that a more detailed investigation will follow.