Detectives investigating the brutal murder of a Brazilian footballer say they do not believe he raped or attempted to rape the wife of the businessman who admitted to killing him.
Cristiana Brittes is said to have told police that Sao Paulo star Daniel Correa Freitas was ‘lying on top of her’ when she woke at her family home in southern Brazil.
Her husband, Edison, has confessed to murdering the 24-year-old player. He says he caught the footballer raping his wife in their bedroom, while other guests partied in their house.
Asked by Globo TV if he had killed the athlete, the 38-year-old businessman simply answered ‘yes’.
But now, detective Amadeu Trevisan said he concluded that no rape or attempted rape occurred after extensively questioning four witnesses who were in the house the morning the player was killed.
He said the version by the suspects was full of contradictions. He believes the attack was launched in a fit of jealous rage, but the killing may have been premeditated.
The detective added that toxicology reports showed Daniel was ‘very drunk’ when he was found in bed with Mrs Brittas, 35, and was probably ‘incapable of rape.’
He was defenceless when assaulted by the aggressors, he said.
Edison Brittas confessed he lost his temper when he caught the footballer raping his wife in their bedroom, while other guests partied in their house.
But investigators say his version of events ‘does not add up’.
‘From the witnesses we heard and who were in the house no one heard the cry of Cristiana asking for help to prevent her from being attacked,’ Det Trevisan told local media.
‘And no one heard the noise of (Edison) breaking down the door. It is not a mansion, it is a small house and people were nearby.’
A key witness to the case also reportedly said that the first shouts heard were from Mrs Brittas asking for help to stop Daniel from being beaten by her husband. Her cries for help did not sound like that of someone being attacked, they said.
Witnesses claimed they heard the player’s screams when he was being beaten.
Mrs Brittes is said to have told police the Sao Paulo star was ‘lying on top of her’ when she woke up at her family home in Sao Jose dos Pinhais in Brazil’s southern state of Parana on October 27.
She claimed that when she found the footballer lying on top of her, she got ‘frightened and began to scream…. Daniel was excited. (He was) wearing only his underpants. His penis was out and he rubbed it on (my) body.’
Her lawyer Claudio Dalledone Junior said: ‘Cristiana confirms that she suffered sexual abuse without penetration by (Daniel) who rubbed his penis on her.
‘(At the time) she was drunk, asleep and thought it was a dream. She saw him on top of her and started screaming.’
The version was corroborated by the couple’s 18 year old daughter, Allana, who had been celebrating her birthday at a nightclub. The victim had been invited to attend.
According to police, others linked to the crime include teenagers, David da Silva, 18, Igor King (19), and Eduardo da Silva, 19.