Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
A pizzeria owner has reportedly killed an employee for asking about unpaid monies and a Christmas bonus before burying the body under concrete in his garden.
Luis Mieres, 69, was arrested when the police found the body of worker Jorge Daniel Zagari, 53, buried under concrete at his home courtyard in the city of Ituzaingo in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires on Monday, according to reports.
The victim was considered the restaurant’s pizza maestro, but was off work due to being in a high-risk group during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zagari left home last week to ask his boss for his wages, but failed to return home and his family reported his disappearance.
On the same day, the victim’s car was found burned in Merlo and the police said that they saw the suspect’s car at the scene in the CCTV footage.
The prosecutor leading the investigation, Maria Laura Cristina, ordered a raid on the suspect’s house and officers noticed freshly-laid concrete in his courtyard.
Officers broke open the new paving and reportedly found Zagari’s body buried underneath.
A preliminary review suggested that the victim had been hit on the head with a blunt instrument, possibly an iron bar, although the authorities are still awaiting the autopsy results.
Mieres was arrested at his home and hours later he confessed to the crime, according to the police.
Under questioning, the suspect reportedly said that the worker asked about unpaid monies, holiday time, and a Christmas bonus and an argument ensued.
Officers also arrested the suspect’s partner Marisol Albornoz Hermosilla, 63, and her son Martin Silva.
The authorities suspect they helped Mieres move and conceal the body.
The investigation is ongoing.
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