A MOTHER and her eight-year-old son were found dead on a sofa a week after they were reported missing.
Joicimeire Conde Cardoso, 38, was hidden under the seat cushion and little João was behind the abandoned couch on a country road in Brazil.
Authorities said the bodies were found in a state of decomposition and had been at the scene for at least five days.
A police forensic team was dispatched on Saturday to recover Joicimeire’s body after it was found under the dumped sofa.
Only then did they find their son’s body hidden in the upper part of the seat back, MP Gustavo Barreto Cabral said.
Officials reportedly believe they were killed at a different location last Sunday, July 31.
The next day, the killer and possible accomplices are said to have hidden the bodies on the side of the expressway in Itapirapuã in the state of Goiás.
A local farm worker was arrested on suspicion of a double murder.
Cops said there were “several indications” that the victims were violently assaulted at the suspect’s home.
Last night local reports identified the suspect as Benjamim de Araújo, 55, who was formerly in a relationship with Joicimeire.
It emerged that Araújo was already awaiting trial after she accused him of assault ten months ago, Metropoles reports.
She told police he hit her and threw her against a wall after she criticized him for buying too much beer, court records say.
Araújo denied hurting her and claimed her bruises, seen by a police doctor, were self-inflicted.
He had to be tried for the alleged attack on August 19.
However, the pair appear to have reconciled as Joicimeire and João were staying with him at the time they were last seen, reports Metropoles.
Witnesses told police they heard “aggressive” noises coming from the suspect’s home on the evening of July 31.
The victim and her son have not been seen since that date, family members say.
Araújo was taken into custody at the farm where he works.
He reportedly denies the murder. He told police he fell asleep drunk and when he woke up Joicimeire and João had disappeared from his house.
Authorities are also checking whether others helped hide the bodies.
HOW TO GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
- Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of the house – for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.
You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.
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