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Chased to her death: Terrifying moment woman sprints away from her husband before he ‘beats her in a lift and throws her dead body from a fourth-floor balcony’ in Brazil – as experts say she died of strangulation
- Terrifying footage shows Tatiane Spitzner sprinting away from Luis Manvailer
- She runs into a lift where he pummels her with punches and kicks her, police say
- Manvailer then strangled her to death and threw body off balcony, it is alleged
- He denies murdering his wife and claims she jumped from flat after an argument
These are the harrowing final moments of a woman who was allegedly murdered by her abusive husband in Brazil.
Terrifying footage shows Tatiane Spitzner sprinting away from Luis Manvailer as he chases her through an underground garage.
She runs into a lift where he pummels her with punches and kicks before strangling her to death and throwing her body from their fourth-floor balcony, police allege.
The haunting footage later shows the 32-year-old university biology lecturer bringing his wife’s lifeless body up in the elevator and cleaning traces of blood off the walls, prosecutors say.
This is the view from the fourth-floor balcony where Tatiane Spitzner was thrown from, police allege
The 29-year-old lawyer’s bloody and broken corpse was found inside the couple’s apartment in Guarapuava, south Brazil, on July 22. Pictured: The couple together
Manvailer, who is in custody awaiting trial, claims his wife jumped to end her life after an argument – but forensic experts on Thursday concluded she died from strangulation.
The 29-year-old lawyer’s bloody and broken corpse was found inside the couple’s apartment in Guarapuava, south Brazil, on July 22.
Forensic experts suggest Ms Spitzner met a violent end and was choked to death while desperately trying to defend herself.
The imprints of a pair of hands were on her throat, and the hyoid bone, at the front of the neck, was fractured.
The lawyer also suffered multiple fractures to the rest of her body consistent with a 40ft fall onto concrete paving.
According to the report, there was no ‘evidence of any chemical reactions’ such as adrenalin and cortisol traces in her body that would indicate fear and an awareness of plummeting to the ground.
She was already dead by the time she hit the ground, researchers said.
Final moments: The couple can be seen arguing in their car (top left) before they drive into the garage
The man can be seen roughly holding his wife in the garage during the domestic violence incident
This is the moment the woman sprinted away from her husband as she chased him from the garage
Some 15 minutes of alleged brutality inside the couple’s apartment was not caught on camera. Pictured: The couple together
Tests also indicated significant blood alcohol levels in the victim’s blood ‘which suggests she was quite vulnerable’, forensic experts said.
CCTV images captured in an underground car park and lift reveals she repeatedly tried to get away.
‘Our investigation proves that the victim was killed inside the apartment by asphyxiation and her body was thrown over the balcony of the apartment,’ said criminal prosecutor Dunia Rampazzo.
‘We believe the accused then took the elevator to the ground floor and collected Tatiane’s body, taking it back up to the apartment in the elevator.’
‘We suspect that before she was killed, Luis subjected his wife to a prolonged period of violent physical aggression.
‘This was not a suicide, but femicide (the killing of a woman by a man on account of her gender). The aggressor then attempted to escape by car.’
Residents in the building, who called police after hearing a woman screaming for help, reported seeing a man picking up the victim’s body from the pavement. One witness recounted hearing him shout ‘my love, wake up.’
Forensic experts suggest Tatiane met a violent end and was choked to death while desperately trying to defend herself. Pictured: The struggle in the lift
Residents in the building, who called police after hearing a woman screaming for help, reported seeing a man picking up the victim’s body from the pavement. Pictured: Luis Manvailer
CCTV images captured in an underground car park and lift reveals she repeatedly tried to get away. Pictured: Tatiane Spitzner
Police claimed Manvailer admitted bringing the body up in the elevator to the flat. Security images show him then fleeing the scene in a car.
He was arrested on suspicion of murder some 185miles from the city after crashing on a motorway and claimed he fled because he was ‘too disturbed’ by ‘images of his wife jumping’ to stay.
The death caused national outrage and provoked a country-wide debate on domestic abuse and the vulnerability of women in a country where 1,133 were victims of femicide in 2017.
According to the Brazilian Forum on Public Security, last year, an average of 530 women reported suffering domestic violence per day.
Forensic experts explained the criminal investigation took ‘longer than the 30 days expected because it is a complicated case’.
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Three simulations examining the dynamics of the lawyer’s fall were carried out from the fourth floor flat where the couple lived.
The operation used a doll of the same weight and height of the victim which was dropped from different angles testing various possibilities of how the fall occurred.
A distressing record of the scenes leading up to the lawyer’s death gives a graphic insight into the domestic abuse she suffered.
Close friends of the victim claim she revealed in a series of texts, sent many months prior to her death, that she was ‘afraid’ of her husband who she accused of ‘mistreating’ her, and she wanted a divorce.
However, the defence lawyer for the husband argued the couple had a ‘happy’ relationship.
A distressing record of the scenes leading up to the lawyer’s death gives a graphic insight into the domestic abuse she suffered. Pictured: Their struggle in the lift
According to reports, the couple were on a night out when they started arguing over images of a woman found on Manvailer’s phone.
Security cameras in the city centre condominium where they lived, documented a blow by blow account of the incident that starts with a car pulling up outside the building.
Images show the Jiu-jitsu martial arts specialist apparently slapping his wife several times across the face in the vehicle as she tries to fight him off.
The sickening violence continues in the underground car park with the victim being physically assaulted, kicked, throttled, chased across an underground car park and into the elevator where she is brutally battered, overpowered and restrained as she desperately tries to get away.
Some 15 minutes of alleged brutality inside the couple’s apartment was not caught on camera.
Manvailer has been charged with murder (including the qualifiers under Brazilian law of femicide, cruelty, clumsy motive and hindering the victim’s defence to further explain what happened), along with incarceration of the victim and procedural fraud.
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