Today would have been the birthday of , Valeria Franco, brutally murdered by her husband on 9 February, who then kept her body in a freezer for three weeks.
Rest in Peace.
A case of feminicide committed in coldness and brutality!
Brazilian Valéria de Almeida Franco, 30, was murdered by her South African husband in early February in Margate in front of the couple’s four-year-old son.
47-year-old Johann Schmid then placed her body inside a chest freezer and was arrested on February 26 at a flat in Uvongo after confessing to the murder to his attorney, Mariaan Pieterse.
He said he had strangled his Brazilian wife, Veleria De Almeida Franco (30), to death with his hands during an argument, on February 9 in their Ostend Drive flat where the couple lived with their four-year-old son.
He reportedly covered her naked body with a duvet, wrapped it in plastic and concealed it in a cupboard in the bedroom.
After four days, when he realised the body was decomposing, he bought a chest freezer from a furniture store in Shelly Beach and placed his wife’s body inside.
After almost a month, the engineer decided to confess the crime and hired a lawyer to assist him. Before giving himself up, he left his son in the care of his sister, and he lives in Johannesburg.
After his meeting with Ms Pieterse, police were contacted and both Schmid and Ms Pieterse met police at the flat on February 26. Schmid confessed to the murder and was arrested by Margate SAPS.
The woman’s husband, Johann Schmid, appeared in front of the Port Shepstone Regional Court on the 2nd of July.
The court postponed the case against Schmid after the defence requested time to have a psychologist compile a report.
Schmid was represented by a senior council, Advocate Chris Snyman, from Pietermaritzburg.
The accused wants to apply for bail on 26/7.