Mexican official to visit Vienna cellar murders suspect

13th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Mexican diplomat will visit a woman being held in an Italian prison who is accused of killing two former partners in Austria and chopping up their remains, a consular official said Monday.

The woman identfied as Goidsargi Estibaliz C -- who was born in Mexico and also holds Spanish nationality -- was arrested in the Italian town of Udine on Friday and has reportedly confessed to the killings.

The suspect fled Vienna shortly after Austrian police announced they had found two dismembered bodies set in concrete in the cellar of a building where she had an ice-cream parlour.

"We want to ensure that our compatriot is okay and that she has received legal assistance," Rita Vargas, a consular officer at Mexico's embassy in Rome, told Austria's APA news agency.

Austrian police issued a European arrest warrant for the woman after they found the bodies, leading to her arrest in Italy.

The woman had found a place to stay with a young man she met in Udine but he became suspicious of her behaviour and alerted Italian police.

According to reports, she later admitted killing her former boyfriend and her German ex-husband, dismembering their bodies and packing them in plastic bags.

Both men had mistreated her physically and psychologically and these difficult relationships had caused her "fits of rage", the 32-year-old said during her interrogation, according to news reports.

The first killing -- of her ex-husband -- occurred in 2008, while the former boyfriend was killed last November, she added.

Workers installing pipes in the Vienna building's basement late Monday had discovered a leg and other body parts in cement mixing tubs.

Austrian investigators later established one of the bodies belonged to Manfred H., 48, the ex-boyfriend, who had been missing since November.

The other victim appeared to have been killed at a much earlier date.

Both men had been shot.

© 2011 AFP

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