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Police protect killer from victim's parents

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Police protect killer from victim's parents
Mirela was stabbed in this house. Photo: APA/Neumayr
15:33 CET+01:00
A police crime scene reconstruction of the brutal ritual murder of a young woman in Saalfelden in Salzburg province descended into chaos on Monday after the victim’s parents tried to attack the suspect and police had to fight them off with pepper spray.

Aleksander I., 21, was arrested on suspicion of murdering Mirela B. on October 9th.

He was taken back to his apartment - the scene of the murder -  by a convoy of armed police officers. As he left the building Mirela’s grief stricken parents and other relatives tried to push their way through to him.

“He took my Mirela, why are you protecting him,” her mother screamed out. The victim’s father tried to wrestle his way past police and only stopped when he was threatened with pepper spray.

Aleksander hid under his hoodie, and refused to speak during the reconstruction. "The accused was no longer willing to testify," police spokesman Marcus Neher told the Austrian Press Agency. “No one was hurt and no arrests were made,” he added.

According to a report from Austrian national broadcaster ORF, Mirela (20) had been raped, stabbed multiple times, and had Nazi symbols carved into her skin. Aleksander was found next to her body, in his bathroom, and confessed to the murder shortly after being arrested but did not say why he did it. 

There were also reports that he planned to dismember and eat parts of her body, but these have not been confirmed by police.

Aleksander is said to have been obsessed with “deviant thoughts” and spent a lot of time on Internet chat forums.

Some newspapers have reported that he and Mirela were in a relationship, but he has denied she was his girlfriend.

A date for the trial has not yet been set. 

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