A MARRIED tycoon allegedly hired a friend to kill his secret girlfriend and destroy her body in a furnace.
Jucelino Pinto da Fonseca is accused of enlisting Ronaldo Rodrigues Ferreira to incinerate Lilian de Oliveira’s body in his steam boiler to avoid paying maintenance for their love son and wife who find out.
The little girl’s nanny was also arrested, accused of providing information on Lilian’s movements so that the two could find the best way to kill her without getting caught.
Babysitter Cleonice de Fatima Ferreira was promised custody of her daughter in return.
The Brazilian Public Prosecutor’s Office formally accused the trio of the murder of Lilian, who disappeared after returning to the municipality of Goiania following a trip to Colombia.
The two men were also charged with kidnapping and “concurso de pessoas” – the conscious and voluntary participation of two or more people in the same crime.
Investigators believe the crime was committed because the businessman was having an affair with the victim and the two had argued over their daughter’s alimony.
The three were released on bail and Ferreira’s lawyer has since stated that his client is confident he will be acquitted as he claims he only gave the victim a ride in the car.
Lilian, 40, was killed when she went to meet her boyfriend shortly after landing in Brazil after a trip to Colombia on February 13.
He had a long-standing relationship and even had a daughter with Pinto da Fonseca, who was married and didn’t want his family to find out about his infidelity.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office said: “Due to the couple’s disagreements over the costs arising from their extramarital affair and child support, Jucelino began planning Lilian’s death, revealing his intentions to Cleonice, who was hired to be a sort of nanny for the child, and who informed Jucelino of the details of Lilian’s personal life “.
Investigators believe de Fatima Ferreira wanted to keep the baby as her own, and therefore began helping Pinto da Fonseca plan the murder.
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The businessman would then hire Ferreira, who owed him money, to commit the crime in exchange for waiving the debt he owed to him worth BRL 20,000 (£ 2,645).
Investigators believe Ferreira even went to Colombia to kill Lilian, but he was unsuccessful and so he returned to Brazil.
de Fatima Ferreira then told Lilian that she would arrange for her to be picked up at the airport, sending Ferreira to finish her mission.
Lilian was reported missing from her family after she failed to return home after the trip, and police later concluded that she had been killed.
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Investigators concluded that Ferreira went to the airport to pick up Lilian, who had never met him before, and he drove her to Pinto da Fonseca.
She was then beaten to death and her body was incinerated in Pinto da Fonseca’s milk steam boiler.
The Court of Justice will decide whether the three will face a jury trial.
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