The Brazilian goalkeeper who ordered the kidnapping and twisted murder of his model girlfriend has been signed by a new soccer club at the age of 38.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza was sentenced to 22 years in prison after he confessed to plotting the murder of 25-year-old Eliza Samudio, whose body was dismembered and fed to her pet Rottweilers in June 2010.
The actress and model was kidnapped, beaten and murdered by a gang that included a former police officer.
The doorman, widely known in Brazil by his first name, cheated on his wife with Mrs. Samudio and she had their son.
A paternity and child support suit followed: Bruno later confessed to organizing the plot.
Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza (pictured), who ordered the kidnapping and twisted murder of his model girlfriend, has been signed by a new 38-year-old soccer club.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza was sentenced to 22 years in prison after confessing to plotting the murder of 25-year-old Eliza Samudio (pictured), whose body was dismembered and fed to her pet Rottweiler in June 2010.
He was sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison in March 2013 after a court found him guilty of ordering Eliza’s murder, hiding her body and kidnapping her son.
But Bruno’s closed prison sentence became a semi-open one in July 2019.
In a semi-open prison regime, inmates may work outside the prison during the day, but must return to the prison every night.
However, due to the inadequate facilities at Varginha prison, officials allowed him to sleep at home, where he was ordered to stay every night between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
And in January of this year, the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro granted Bruno parole.
The only condition for his release is that he report to the Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat every three months.
Now, a team from Sao Paulo has taken over the former player from Atlético Mineiro, Corinthians and Flamengo.
Orion Futebol Clube announced the signing on social media on Wednesday by posting a photo of the former straggler smiling broadly and raising his clenched fist.
The club, which will compete in this year’s Pioneer Super Cup, wrote: ‘Reserve for the spot, welcome!’
Orion is the seventh team to have signed Bruno since 2017, when he was granted habeas corpus before being ordered back to jail three months later.
Bruno’s last team was Atlético Carioca in Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro.
Ms Samudio met Bruno at a footballers’ party in May 2009 and became pregnant by accident, it is claimed.
The porter demanded that she have an abortion, but she went through with the pregnancy and insisted that he assume paternity of the child.
Prior to her disappearance on June 4, 2010, Ms. Samudio had approached the police alleging that Bruno and his associates had held her captive, forcing her to take an illegal abortion medication.
Bruno allegedly put a gun to her head and told her: ‘You don’t know who I am or what I’m capable of, I’m from the favela.’
Jailed: Bruno Souza, a former goalkeeper for Brazil’s Flamengo soccer club, was sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison for the murder of his former lover in
Model: Eliza Samudio is believed to have met Bruno at a party hosted by another footballer. She later filed a police report (left) against the footballer, claiming that he had impregnated her.
Baby Bruninho, was born in February 2010, but the player refused to acknowledge that he was the father.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Bruno ordered the murder of Ms. Samudio after she told him she would take legal action to force him to pay alimony.
In a statement to police, the soccer player’s teenage cousin, Jorge Rosa, claimed that he and Romao picked up Samudio and their son at a Rio de Janeiro hotel after she accepted an invitation from the soccer player to discuss paternity claims. .
She said she was taken 220 miles to a property in Belo Horizonte that Bruno and his wife used as a weekend retreat, where she was held captive for six days.
Ms. Samudio was then allegedly handed over to former military police officer Santos, who subjected her to ‘barbaric torture’ before strangling her to death with a tie in front of her four-month-old son.
Santos, who was allegedly paid £8,000 to kill her, played loud music on a stereo to drown out the woman’s screams, it was claimed.
Edson Moreira, a detective who investigated the case, said: “His acts were almost impossible to describe without falling apart: images of the worst nightmare you can imagine.”
Police later found Ms. Samudio’s four-month-old baby in a Belo Horizonte slum, allegedly abandoned there by Bruno’s wife, Dayane. Subsequently, DNA tests proved the footballer’s paternity. The child was then handed over to the care of Ms. Samudio’s mother.