Horrifying confession to murder of woman dumped in Sydney river with concrete in her pocket: Ex-lover shares gruesome details of how he killed his girlfriend in a Brazilian court
Mario Marcelo Santoro confessed to killing Cecilia Haddad Haddad in 2018 when she was found in the river
The Brazilian ex-boyfriend of a woman dumped in a Sydney river five years ago has confessed to the brutal murder.
Cecilia Haddad’s body was found by kayakers in the Lane Cove River north of the city on April 29, 2018.
The team that made the gruesome discovery in 2018 said he was weighed down with heavy items in the pockets of his khaki cargo pants.
Mario Marcelo Santoro admitted in a Brazilian court on Wednesday, local time, that he was responsible for the 38-year-old’s death, going into disturbing details about strangling her.
He pleaded guilty on the second day of the trial but the trial will run contrary to the Australian legal system and will still require a jury of seven to make a formal decision in the two-day process.
Cecilia Haddad’s body found in Lane Cove River on April 29, 2018
local time, Mario Marcelo Santoro admitted in a Brazilian court on Wednesday that he was responsible for her death, going into disturbing detail about her strangulation.
Santoro was charged with the murder in July 2018 and revealed on Wednesday that he had gone to Ms Haddad’s Ryde apartment without her permission where the pair had argued.
He told the court he wanted to silence her and grabbed her by the throat and ‘squeezed her so hard’ until she collapsed in his arms.
‘He collapsed in my arms, I don’t remember if he hit his head on the floor. I picked him up, desperately put him on the couch … he wouldn’t wake up,’ she said through tears, local publication Globo reported.
Nine News reported Ms Haddad’s mother had to leave the courtroom during Santoro’s chilling admission while her brother sat in the front row and nodded.
Santoro broke down in tears during his admission and apologized
Santoro, who apologized to Ms Haddad’s family, asked a witness, her priest, to reveal his confession during the trial.
Three Australian police officers were also called to testify at the trial.
On the day Ms Haddad’s body was found, Santoro was seen on CCTV traveling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro.
Ms Haddad, who had lived in Australia for ten years, was reported missing after failing to attend a number of appointments.
Just two days before her murder, she had enjoyed a barbecue with friends.
Santoro faces prison in Brazil if convicted.
Ms Haddad had lived in Australia for ten years before she was killed
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