A THIRTY-year-old Ukrainian man has been charged with the murder of his father-in-law, who has been missing for more than two years.
Anatoliy Bobrysh, 51, was registered as missing on the PJ website from his home in Almoçageme, Sintra in May 2005 when his wife and daughter were visiting their home country.
Although the son-in-law was a suspect in the disappearance, the fact that no body had been found meant that there was no evidence.
On August 20, 2006, the thirty-year-old man murdered a 65-year-old woman who he worked for as a gardener in Sintra and tried to set fire to the house to cover up any evidence.
A spokesman for the Polícia Judiciária said: “When the murderer was caught last November, there was no evidence for us to link the two crimes because Anatoliy Bobrysh’s was still missing. The mystery was solved around a month ago when fire men were called to put out a fire in Almoçageme and found the remains of Anatoliy Bobrysh.”
The remains were sent to the Ukraine to be identified with dental records. Although it has been reported in Correio da Manhã that the remains showed evidence of cannibalism, a spokesman from the Policia Judiciaria told the Resident: “Those comments are incorrect, there is in fact no evidence of cannibalism”, adding “When the remains were found and identified, it was found that the suspect was already in custody for a murder the previous year”.
The PJ have confirmed that the man’s first name is Vladislav, but they cannot release the surname. “I can only confirm that he is called Vladislav as you (The Resident) asked whether Vlad was correct,” the PJ spokesperson said, adding “We never normally give out the names of suspects.”
The Polícia Judiciária are now waiting for more information from the Ukraine for possible links to other similar cases.
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