Brazil trio ate woman, 'sold flesh in pastries'

Brazil trio ate woman, 'sold flesh in pastries'
A man picks pastries at a bakery of CBM Corporation in Phnom Penh August 28, 2014.

LONDON - Three people in north-east Brazil have been sentenced to 20 to 23 years in jail for killing a woman and eating her in what they said was a "purification" ritual, the BBC reported.

The trio also allegedly sold pastries known as empadas stuffed with the woman's flesh to neighbours, said the report last Saturday.

Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira was given 23 years' imprisonment by a judge last Friday while his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress, Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, were sentenced to 20 years in jail.

They also confessed to killing two more women and will be sentenced later, the BBC said.

The trio, arrested in the city of Garanhuns in April 2012, were convicted of murder, desecration and concealment of a body.

Their victim was identified by Brazilian media as Ms Jessica Camila da Silva, a homeless woman. She was not related to Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva.

The victim was reportedly lured by the cannibalist trio to their house with the promise of a job as a nanny, the BBC said.

The police found human remains in the back garden of the house that the three shared.

The police also found a 50-page book written by Negromonte called Revelations Of A Schizophrenic, reported the BBC. In it, he claimed he heard voices and was fixated with thoughts of killing women.

At the time of their arrest, the report said, the trio claimed to be part of a group that supported "the purification of the world and the reduction of its population".

They admitted in court to killing and eating their victim as part of a purification ritual, though they denied selling the flesh in pastries. Their lawyers said they would appeal against the sentences.

This article was first published on Nov 17, 2014.
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