Bound corpse found in burnt out apartment

Bound corpse found in burnt out apartment
Firefighters at the scene in Tabor. Photo: APA/
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in Steyr, Upper Austria, on suspicion of murder and arson. She is accused of having tied her 43-year-old male victim to an oven and then set fire to his apartment.

Firefighters were called to a fire in Steyr’s Tabor district on Sunday evening, at around 10pm. They discovered a fire in a ground floor apartment and quickly extinguished it. However they then made a grisly discovery, the corpse of a man who had been handcuffed to an oven.

Neighbours said they had seen a young woman entering and then leaving the apartment shortly before the fire broke out. A woman’s handbag was discovered in the apartment, which contained an empty gas canister. The victim’s car was missing.

Police found the car near the woman’s home in Linz, and arrested her. She is being questioned and it is still unclear if she had a motive. The prosecutor has ordered an autopsy and an examination of the scene by a fire expert. The suspect will be examined by a doctor to see if she may have taken drugs.  

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