A footballer found dead with his genitals cut off was tortured and killed “in barbaric fashion” over a drunken WhatsApp prank, it is claimed.
Daniel Correa’s body was found in the Brazilian city of Sao Jose dos Pinhais on Saturday October 27. He had been castrated and his throat slit with such force that he was almost beheaded.
The 24-year-old, who played for Sao Paulo, had been at the 18th birthday party of Allana Brittes at a nightclub in Curitiba before he was killed.
Three days later, Allana’s dad, Edson Brittes Junior, 39, confessed to killing Correa, telling police he had found the footballer trying to rape his wife Cristiana.
On Monday, pictures emerged showing Correa in bed with a sleeping woman, thought to be Brittes’ wife. They had been sent by the footballer to his friends on WhatsApp in his final hours.
Police said the pictures were most likely taken as part of an “immature stunt”.
Sources added that Correa suffered a blow to the head before being stuffed into the boot of a car and transported to woodland, where his dismembered corpse was discovered.
Now, the lawyer for two other suspects has told how they helped Brittes put Correa in the boot of a car, with the intention of stripping him naked and dumping him in the street.
Robson Domacoski represents David Willian Vollero da Silva, 18, and 19-year-old Igor King, both of whom are friends of Allana, reports Brazilian news outlet UOL .
He said guests at the party had told them Correa had tried to rape Cristiana. They also heard a shout coming from her room.
After helping Brittes put him in the boot of a car, they set off driving. Mr Domacoski said the “idea was not to kill Daniel but to leave him unclothed on the street”.
However, they said Brittes “lost his temper” after seeing the WhatsApp pictures sent by the footballer.
He claimed his clients attempted to talk Brittes out of killing Correa, adding: “They kept saying, ‘Do not do this, it’s going to ruin your life!'”
According to AS English , Amadeu Trevisan, the lead investigator on the case, told a press conference: “It was utterly excessive on the part of the perpetrator of the crime regardless of whether [Daniel] had been intimately involved with his wife, which is something we do not yet know.
“It was completely disproportionate. There was no need to have killed him and much less so in this barbaric and cruel fashion.”
Investigators have now also recovered a telephone conversation Brittes had after Correa had been killed, reports UOL.
During the call, he spoke of his “devastation” at the death of Correa, describing him as a “good friend” of his daughter.
“He was very fond of my daughter, you can imagine,” he says in the call. “I can hardly talk about it.
“My daughter is in shock. Jesus, I had to give her a tranquiliser.”
Brittes, while making no reference to the attempted rape he alleged in his police statement, also described Correa as being “very drunk” on the night in question, saying he could “hardly stand up”
He also claimed Correa had gone outside and not been seen since.
“Nobody knows what happened,” he added. “You know how big my property is.”
Correa shared the WhatsApp pictures, which showed him grinning and feigning a shocked expression next to the woman.
He also sent messages, bragging to pals: “I can sleep here. There are several women sleeping all over the house.”
In another, he said: “I’m going to eat the birthday girl’s mum…and the dad is here.”
One friend, apparently identifying the seriousness of the situation, told him: “They’re going to make mincemeat of you, that guy is going to come and beat you up.”
Another said: “Is he asleep? Nothing you can do then, they’re going to kick you out of the house.”
Police arrested Brittes, his wife and their daughter on suspicion of Correa’s murder. The two women have been detained for a maximum of 30 days for questioning.
Mr Trevisan said Allana and Cristiana had “been at the crime scene the entire time and may have provided some form of assistance.”
Correa went to the property with up to 12 other people.
Mr Trevisan confirmed that he was also hunting up to three more people and planned to question everybody who was at the Brittes home after the party.
“We are seeking these three people because [Brittes] did not act alone,” said Mr Trevisan.
“It is certain there were others who participated in the crime.”
Brittes’ reported phone conversation is in contrast to a confession he made on TV.
He said he smashed his bedroom door down after finding it locked and hearing his wife’s screams from inside.
“That’s when I dragged him off my wife, threw him to the floor and stopped that monster raping my wife,” he added.
Correa played for Sao Bento on loan from Sao Paulo.