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The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office (SGP) filed an indictment in court against the Italian citizen Victor Spiga for the intentional murder of his ex-girlfriend Alena Shterk, the state prosecution announced.
According to the indictment, Spiga and Shterk met at the end of 2019. They initially lived together in the defendant’s apartment, and in November 2021 they rented an apartment on Chukar Street in the city of Sofia. Along with the apartment, they also rented a garage in the same building on level -1.
During their cohabitation, the two registered a commercial company, and in the meantime, Alena Shterk also taught Latin dances. The victim’s last occupation, which was also her hobby, became the main reason for the misunderstanding between the two, as Spiga often showed jealousy, caused scandals and insulted the victim in order to force her to stop her activities related to Latin dancing, the indictment says .
The two separated for good in February 2022. Alena Shterk remained living in the apartment on “Chukar” street, having also installed alarm and security equipment. She continued to use the garage to park her personal car.
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On April 11, 2022, Victor Spiga took the victim’s personal car for use, and had to return it to her after 2-3 days. When this did not happen, the woman filed a complaint with 07 RU-SDVR and after the intervention of the prosecution and the Ministry of Internal Affairs a few days later, Spiga returned the car. She immediately took him to a car wash, where he was thoroughly cleaned, the indictment also says.
On May 20, 2022, Spiga made a reservation for a round-trip flight to Italy and back. On the evening of May 26, the accused went to the victim’s address and waited for her to come home. At the same time, Shterk was visiting her mother. She left around 10:40 pm and drove to her home in her private car. Arrived around 00:00 on May 27 and went down to level -1 of the building to park the car.
Seeing this, the accused went near the vehicle. When the woman was outside her car, Spiga attacked her with a hard, blunt object, which has not been identified by investigators, the prosecutor’s office said. He inflicted multiple blows on her head, body and limbs, causing her multiple severe injuries, including an open craniocerebral injury. The woman fell unconscious and then died.
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Immediately after that, Spiga took the victim’s mobile phone, put her body in the trunk of her private car, got into the driver’s seat and drove off in the direction of Pernik. When he reached a grassy area in the area of the old I-6 road leading to the Batanovtsi pump station, he stopped, removed the victim’s body from the trunk of the car and threw it on the right side of the road, covered it with a tarpaulin, on which he placed stones , bricks, building materials and plastic elements from a car.
After that, he got into Shterk’s car and returned to Sofia. He again visited a metropolitan hypermarket with her car, where he bought food, socks, a floor brush and cleaning products, went to the victim’s address and parked her car on level -1. He immediately set about cleaning the car, then put it in the garage cage, went up to Sterk’s apartment, where he washed his hands and the cleaning supplies he used and put them in a plastic bag, which he took when leaving the co-op and threw in a container for littering, says the indictment against him.
Victor Spiga left the victim’s home at around 05:45 on May 27 and returned to his apartment at around 06:26. Shortly after 10:00 on the same date, he rented a car and drove to Greece as passed through the “Kulata” point around 19:00. Then he continued to the port of Igoumenitsa, from where he reached the port of Brindisi in Italy by ferry, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Even while he was in Bulgaria on his way to Greece, Victor Spiga had conversations with his intimate girlfriend. He told her that he was being blamed for Sterk’s disappearance. The man asked his girlfriend, if anyone asked her, to say that she was with him from May 26 to the morning of May 27, excluding the time he was at the hypermarket. She agreed, and while they were talking she translated articles from Bulgarian websites. That’s how he found out that Sterk’s body had been found, according to the state prosecution.
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Spiga then told his girlfriend he needed to get a lawyer, asked her to delete all correspondence with him and asked her to say she didn’t know him if asked.
Victor Spiga was detained on 29 May 2022 in Italy after the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office issued a European Arrest Warrant. The court is yet to schedule a hearing on the case.