A German diplomat has been arrested in Brazil after allegedly beating his husband to death.
Uwe Herbert Hahn, who works as the German consul in Rio de Janeiro, is accused of killing his 20-year-old husband before trying to cover up the crime.
Hahn reportedly told police his Belgian husband, Walter Henri Maximilien Biot, died after a combination of drinking and sleeping pills caused him to collapse and hit his head, police officers said.
But the diplomat was thwarted when forensics reportedly revealed Biot had indeed been brutally beaten, they said.
He was discovered at the couple’s Ipanema beachfront home with numerous bruises “consistent with pounding injuries,” the report said.
The body was also found to “presented lesions consistent with a cylindrical instrument attack,” officer Camila Lourenco reportedly said on social media.
“The version of events given by the consul, that the victim suffered a fall, is inconsistent with the conclusions of the forensic report,” said Lourenco of Rio de Janeiro’s 14th district.
“The corpse is screaming out the circumstances of her death,” she said.
“The circumstances of the death are obvious. We knew from the marks of the injuries on various parts of the body that there was a violent death,” Lourenco told reporters.
In footage filmed by police at the home after the incident, Hahn could be seen trying to explain how his husband died.
According to the diplomat, Biot was drunk when he suddenly jumped up as if having a fit.
He then ran to the porch of her apartment, where he tripped and fell.
“I don’t think he fell on purpose,” he told Lourenco, who took the shot.
Hahn said he didn’t know why his husband ran away from his alleged fall.
“No, I can’t tell you that [why]. I can tell you that he’s been panicking and nervous a few times over the past few days.
“Sometimes he acted strangely,” he said.
The top consulate claimed he believed his husband was just drunk when he fell and did not know the extent of his injuries.
“At first I thought he was drunk. So I actually took a picture of him and sent it to a friend and said, ‘Walter’s drunk again.’
“So I said, ‘Come on Walter, get up, you need to go to bed, you know, you can’t sleep there.’ And then I saw the blood.”
Biot was found dead in the home the couple shared a week before his 53rd birthday.
The precinct’s Instagram account shared images of what appeared to be bloodstains on the floor and furniture of the couple’s home, according to the Straits Times online.
Reports also suggested Hahn attempted to scrub the crime scene before police arrived.
Brazilian media said Hahn had no diplomatic immunity given the gruesome nature of the crime.
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