Police find body of doctor butchered in Oslo
20 March 2007, OSLO - Norwegian police found on Tuesday the body of a Spanish doctor who was murdered in January.
20 March 2007
OSLO - Norwegian police found on Tuesday the body of a Spanish doctor who was murdered in January.
Joaquín Bermúdez Leal, 49, was murdered in his bedroom and his body dragged out of his home in the Norwegian capital by one or other people, police said.
After a two-month search, police found his body in a bay. It had been hidden by snow.
Leal had been missing for three days from his job at the Radium Hospital in Oslo, where he was head of pathology for seven years, when police launched a murder hunt on Thursday.
They arrested a 37-year-old man who denies killing Leal.
The man was detained in a blood-soaked car on the outskirts of Oslo by traffic police.
When asked why there were blood stains in the vehicle, he replied: "They are not animal blood."
But police were unable to recover Leal's body, even though they are sure he was killed at his home.
The investigation started after police stopped a car which was driving erratically only to find it covered in blood inside. The registration of the car revealed it belonged to Leal.
The driver was recovering from a nervous breakdown.
When police broke into the house of the doctor they found in was soaked in blood.
Neighbours told police they had heard "shouting and a lot of noise" from Dr Leal's house the night before the arrest.
Leal was known to be gay and frequented Oslo's gay district where he was well known as a bit of a loner.
Colleagues said Leal was a "good doctor" and "good friend".
Leal was working in the area of haematology.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
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