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Call girl accused of murdering older lover

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Call girl accused of murdering older lover
A forensics team examines the crime scene. Photo: APA/KERSCHBAUMMAYR
09:06 CEST+02:00
A 24-year-old call girl who is accused of murdering her former lover by tying him to a heater and setting fire to his flat in Upper Austria has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Linz.

The badly burnt body of 43-year-old Erich Sch. was found by firemen on Sunday in Steyr.

An autopsy showed that the cause of death was suffocation - but it is not clear if this was due to fumes from the fire or the fact that that he had paper tissues stuffed in his mouth and had been gagged.

Sharon G was arrested in Linz on Monday after her handbag, containing an empty gas canister, was found in Erich’s burnt out apartment.

She has a drug addiction and is reported to work as a call girl and masseuse, and met the 43-year-old through her work.

Friends of the dead man said that he had told them that Sharon had threatened to kill them, and also that he liked to be tied up. The autopsy suggested that he had willingly allowed his hands and legs to be bound.

The pair had lived together but the relationship is said to have ended six months ago after Sharon reportedly stole money from him - although friends said that Erich had “longed for love” and could not get over her.

He was married twice and has two adult children. A car accident is reported to have left him with some brain damage and he took early retirement, and is said to have supported his former lover financially for the past few years.

So far, Sharon G has refused to speak to police and they are now investigating her movements on the day of the murder, as well as speaking to her relatives and friends. A psychiatric assessment will determine if she was sane at the time of the murder. 

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