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Footballer charged with torture and murder of ex girlfriend claims he's 'not a bad guy'

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Words: Elle Griffiths

The Brazilian footballer who savagely murdered his ex-girlfriend and fed her remains to his dogs has insisted he is ‘not a bad guy’.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza was speaking in response to public outcry over second division club Boa Esporte’ decision to sign him on a two year contract after he was released from prison early.


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De Souza had served just six years and seven months of a 22 year sentence for the murder of Eliza Samudio, his former partner.

In his first interview since being released, the brazen killer said: “What happened, happened. I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life - I’m not a bad guy.”

He went on: “People tried to bury my dream because of one mistake, but I asked God for forgiveness, so I’m carrying on with my career, dude.”

Bruno Fernandes de Souza

The goalkeeper was convicted in 2013 for the 2010 incident.

De Souza had ordered her murder after a dispute over the paternity of Samudio’s child.

Samudio successfully proved that De Souza was the father and demanded child maintenance. 

But the footballer had his friends kidnap, beat and torture the woman before strangling her to death and feeding her remains to his rottweilers


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Unbelievably, the horrific murder took place in front of the pair’s infant son, Bruninho.

The youngster was later found abandoned in a slum.

Eliza Samudio

Last week club owner Rafael Gois Silva Xavier defended his controversial decision to sign Bruno.

“He was found guilty, he served his time and he was released by the courts,” he told reporters.

“He deserves another opportunity.”

Brazil has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world.

This week a group of women staged a protest in Varginha, where his new club play, against Bruno’s hiring.

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