الثلاثاء , يونيو 9 2020

Mob beats man to death in Ipanema

Ipanema beach, September 2015Image copyright
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Residents say unauthorised beach parties can attract dozens of people and often end in trouble

Police in Brazil are investigating a mob killing in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

Witnesses say the man, a 33-year-old who sold ice in the area, was chased, kicked and punched by a group of about 10 people who were returning from an overnight party on Ipanema beach.

The motive for the attack on Fabiano Machado da Silva, which allegedly also involved passers-by, is unclear.

O Globo newspaper reports that he had harassed one of the women at the party.

Passers-by, who were unaware of the circumstances, apparently joined in beating Mr Silva in the early hours of Sunday.

He died on the spot next to the General Osorio square, where an arts and crafts market popular with tourists is held every Sunday.

‘Beautiful women’

Mr Silva’s family says his five-year-old son has not been told of his father’s death and has been kept away from any news of the incident.

Relatives say they received a last voice message from him at 03:27 (05:27 GMT).

“We believe he was drunk,” said his sister, Hosana dos Santos Machado. “We could tell by his voice.”

“You could hear loud music and the sea breeze in the background,” she told O Globo. “He said there were many beautiful women at the party.”

Police in Rio de Janeiro are looking for CCTV images to try to identify the attackers.

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