‘Suspicious meat found in “killer cannibal’s” suitcase in Portugal IS HUMAN – but is NOT part of the man he is suspected of murdering’
- Begolea Fernandes, 25, is suspected of killing a 21-year-old man in Amsterdam
- He was arrested in Lisbon with suitcase containing meat now said to be human
A package of ‘suspicious meat’ that was found in the suitcase of a suspected cannibal killer at an airport in Portugal is said to be human.
Begolea Mendes Fernandes, 26, was arrested at Lisbon airport on suspicion of murdering 21-year-old Alan Lopes in Amsterdam on Sunday.
Fernandes is said to have fled the Dutch capital and boarded a flight to Lisbon where he was caught with a suitcase containing pieces of meat and bloodied clothes.
Forensic experts have now analysed the contents of his luggage at a specialist lab and have reportedly determined that they are human remains.
However the remains are not that of Lopes who Fernandes is suspected of murdering in northern Amsterdam on Sunday, reports Portuguese media.
Begolea Mendes Fernandes, 26, is suspected of killing a 21-year-old called Alan Lopes in the Dutch capital on Sunday. Fernandes is said to have fled the Dutch capital and boarded a flight to Lisbon where he was caught with blood on his clothes and a suitcase containing pieces of meat now believed to be human remains
Dutch police have confirmed Lopez was the victim of a ‘serious violent crime.’
Portuguese press have said investigators suspect the killer committed cannibalism.
The suspect held at Lisbon Airport was on a stopover and going to board a flight to Belo Horizonte in his homeland of Brazil.
He is now under police arrest at Santa Maria Hospital in the Portuguese capital and is expected to face extradition to Holland.
A spokesman for the Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service said: ‘A 26-year-old man suspected of murder in the Netherlands was arrested at Lisbon Airport on Monday.
‘He was wearing clothes with blood on them and had a package containing pieces of meat.
‘He was held at the airport’s border control after the authorities became suspicious about the legality of the Italian ID card he presented.
‘He was initially detained over suspicions he was travelling on falsified documents before it was subsequently discovered he was suspected of committing a homicide in the Netherlands the day before.’
Fernandes was detained at Lisbon Airport (pictured) after arriving on a flight from Amsterdam
The murder victim was found dead at the house he shared with relatives including his mother and two sisters.
Respected Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias reported he may have the victim of cannibalism.
A spokesman for Dutch police said: ‘On Monday afternoon a 25-year-old man was arrested at the airport in Lisbon in collaboration with the Portuguese authorities and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
‘The man is suspected of having been involved in the death of a 21-year-old man who was found in a home on Vegasstraat in North Amsterdam on the evening of Sunday February 26.’
The investigation continues.
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