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Portuguese model held over death of TV star

A young Portuguese male model is facing between 25 years and life imprisonment after being charged with the sadistic and bloody murder of a TV journalist in a New York hotel.

Renato Seabra (right), 21, who had been a runner-up in a popular modelling TV contest in the Autumn and had a promising future ahead of him, allegedly tortured gay jet set reporter Carlos Castro (left) in what has been described as “an orgy of violence”.

It was the New York Post which first broke the news that Renato Seabra had confessed to killing the flamboyant journalist.

Castro, 65, was travelling to New York over the New Year holiday with Seabra, where they were booked into the Inter-Continental on the city’s famous Mid-Town Times Square.

Friends of the journalist who had appeared at the hotel were told by Seabra as he left the hotel, dressed up in a suit, that “Carlos Castro won’t be leaving his hotel room again”.

After the journalist’s friends had alerted reception staff, Castro was found dead in a pool of blood late on Friday evening.

Four hours later and after an alleged failed suicide attempt, Renato Seabra had taken a taxi to a nearby hospital.

On Monday, police announced that Seabra, who is being assessed in a psychiatric wing at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, has been charged with count of second degree murder.

The New York press was reporting on Monday that Seabra had confessed to the crime, justifying his actions on wanting to be “free of demons and a virus”.