The41-year-old lover of homosexual clothes designer Luis Guerreiro, who was stabbed to death in a drug induced argument in his apartment in Loulé, has been charged with the murder and was due to appear in court on Friday.
The alleged killer, Raul Morgado, left his victim in a pool of blood inflicted by multiple stab wounds to the face, head and body.
Police claim Raul Morgado then tried to fake evidence to make the killing appear as if it had been committed by a burglar. But police experts soon dismissed the simulated scenario and tracked down the true killer.
It is reported in Correio da Manhã newspaper that the accused man, a native of the city of Porto, was living in an art gallery in Loulé, Studio 21, where he was arrested.
It is understood that the couple had spent the day together and returned to the apartment where a row broke out between them, fuelled by a mixture of drugs.
The body of Luis Guerreiro, aged 43, was discovered two days after the “crime of passion” occurred.
A relative, worried by lack of contact from the murdered man, alerted police who were quick to trace the alleged killer and arrest him.
Police had found the apartment splattered with blood and furniture and fittings damaged, in what was described a scene of “extreme violence” and a “barbaric crime”.
Luis Guerreiro worked as a waiter at a luxury hotel in Quinta do Lago, but his principal source of income was designing clothes which he sold in a shop he opened nine years ago in the Mira Serra commercial centre.