March 14, 2014
A Brazilian soccer player who had a friend torture and murder his girlfriend before feeding her to dogs may be released from prison ahead of the World Cup, which is to be held in Brazil.
From the Daily Mail:
Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, confessed to the horrific crimes last March after his ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio was murdered.
But despite his confession and prison sentence, the goalkeeper was allowed to sign a five-year contract with Montes Claros of the Campeonato Mineiro, upi.com reported.
It means Bruno could be allowed to leave prison on day release, accompanied by a police escort, to train with the team and play in matches. But before the contract can be approved and the day release considered a judge will have to grant his approval.
The former Flamengo captain is said to have wanted his ex-partner dead so he could avoid paying child support after she gave birth to his love child.
Her dead body was allegedly fed to Bruno’s pet rottweilers.
Bruno, who was tipped to play for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced to 22 years and three months for the murder.
He has been behind bars since 2010 and is said to be preparing a case to take advantage of a provision in Brazilian law that allows a prisoner more freedom after three or four years, so long as they have shown good behaviour.
Montes Claros club president, Ville Mocellin, confirmed the controversial decision to allow Bruno to sign a contract while he is behind bars.
‘We want to give an opportunity to the man Bruno,’ he told OTempo.
‘For him, it is a chance to return to play. To the club, he is an athlete who can strengthen the team and a way to invest in the social side.’
Judge Marixa Fabiane Rodrigues said the goalkeeper, who played for Brazil’s biggest team Flamengo, had ‘meticulously calculated’ Ms Samudio’s execution.
He told the court in Contagem, south-east Brazil, that the footballer was ‘twisted’ and had ‘instilled in his personality a total misunderstanding of values.’
He added: ‘Bruno believed that, by making the body disappear, he could ensure total impunity.’
The former player had previously denied any knowledge of what happened to the 25-year-old, but told a court last March how his best friend Luiz Henrique Romao had paid someone to kill her.
He admitted that although he hadn’t ordered his former lover to be killed, he had ‘accepted’ it.
The goalkeeper is accused of planning Ms Samudio’s abduction and murder with eight others including his wife Dayane, another former lover, a cousin and former policeman Marcos Santos.
This case no doubt sets a very interesting precedent.