A man has been arrested for stabbing his wife dead in front of one of their two young daughters before chopping her up and stuffing her body parts into a suitcase and dumping it in the woods.
Assuero Severo dos Santos, 40, was arrested in the town of Tremedal, in the Brazilian state of Bahia on Monday, 3rd January.
The murder took place in the city of Sao Paulo, which is located roughly 683 miles as the crow flies from where he was arrested, on Christmas Day (25th December).
The suspect and the victim, named as Claudia Almeida dos Santos, 38, had been married for 18 years and had two daughters. According to reports, the younger daughter, aged 4, witnessed the murder.
The police said that they suspect that the husband allegedly murdered his wife because he was jealous.
The alleged crime is said to have taken place following an argument. The suspect is alleged to have stabbed the victim dead before dismembering her and stuffing her body parts into a suitcase.
The suspect was caught on CCTV carrying the suitcase down the street.
According to the authorities, the victim’s body parts were found dumped in two areas of woodland within the Sao Paulo city limits.
Following the crime, the suspect headed to Tremedal, which is where both he and his wife had been born.
It was in Tremedal that he handed himself in to the police, accompanied by a lawyer, and allegedly admitted to committing the crime.
Police chief Gustavo Tortorelli was quoted by local media outlet G1 as saying: “At no point did he express regret. He wasn’t even embarrassed when it came to recounting the details.
“There were lots of details, it was a long interrogation. In my almost 21 years of work, I have never seen such a cold person.”
The police chief also revealed that the suspect had lied to the victim’s family and friends while she was considered missing.
He was quoted as saying: “After the victim’s disappearance, relatives and friends started calling him, sending him messages, and he said that she had fled with a lover to the state of Parana.
“He lied, saying that he had reported her disappearance, which he never did.”
At the time of writing, the suspect was being held in custody in the city of Vitoria da Conquista, also in the state of Bahia, and was waiting to be transferred to Sao Paulo, where the investigation is taking place.
It is not clear who is now looking after the couple’s two daughters. It is also currently unclear why the husband was jealous of his wife.