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Nazi ritual murder suspect 'mentally ill'

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Nazi ritual murder suspect 'mentally ill'
The murder happened in one of these apartments. Photo: APA/NEUMAYR
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The investigation into the brutal murder of a young woman in Saalfelden, Pinzgau last autumn has uncovered more evidence that it was a ritual killing committed by an insane man, according to the accused's lawyer.

The body of 20-year-old Mirela B., a Bosnian-born waitress, was found in pool of blood in the bathroom of the suspect’s mother’s apartment on October 9th.

She had been stabbed multiple times. It was reported that she had Nazi symbols carved into her skin, had been raped, and that the suspect had eaten parts of her body.

A 21-year-old man was found at the crime scene and arrested for her murder. He is currently in Salzburg prison, awaiting trial.  

His lawyer, Liane Hirschbrich, told the Austrian Press Agency that a forensic examination of the crime suggests that her client was suffering from “delusions” which led him to commit the gruesome slaying.

She added that his mental state was even worse than previously suspected. "The findings indicate that this is an offense that no normal human being could commit,” she said. “My client is sick, and he needs to be admitted to a special institution where his mental illness can be treated,” she said.

However, according to Salzburg-based neuro-psychiatrist Ernst Griebnitz the young man has a severe personality disorder but is sane, and fit to stand trial.

Hirschbrich is demanding that another well-known forensic psychiatrist, Reinhard Haller, should examine her client.

The suspect was drunk when he was arrested and was apparently friends with Mirela. He confessed to her murder.

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