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Updated: Killing of Bulgarian journalist a spontaneous rape attack suspect detained in Germany - report

A suspect linked to the murder of Bulgarian investigative journalist Victoria Marinova has been arrested in Germany. Preliminary investigation however, shows that it was a “spontaneous” rape attack, according to Chief Prosecutor.

A man in his early 20s was arrested after DNA tests and other evidence linked him to the chilling crime, according to Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Mladen Marinov.

He identified the man as Severin Krasimov, who lived not far from the crime scene. The suspect managed to flee to Germany before being captured there, according to local media.

The perpetrator has been charged in absentia with rape and Bulgaria has already issued European arrest warrant. If proven guilty, the man could face anything from 25 years up to life imprisonment.

The body of the slain 30-year-old local TV reporter, Victoria Marinova, was found last week on a popular jogging route in the city of Ruse.

The woman had sustained “brutal injuries” and the alleged attacker had consumed a large quantity of alcohol, the prosecutor revealed.
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