Suspect Charged in New York Hotel Murder

Suspect Charged in New York Hotel Murder

A male model has been charged in connection with the death of Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro in New York on Friday.

Renato Seabra, believed to be the partner of the victim, handed himself in to a local hospital on Saturday where he was subsequently detained by police.

The couple had been staying at the InterContinental New York Times Square, following a festive break to take in a number of musicals and enjoy New Years Eve.

Luis Pires, editor of the US-based Portuguese language newspaper Luso-Americano and a long-time friend of Mr Castro’s, explained they had been a couple for several months.

He added: “I think they were a little bit upset with each other, for jealousy reasons.”

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The castrated and beaten body of Mr Castro was found by hotel staff on Friday.

Seabra, aged 21, has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation since his arrest at the weekend.

Seabra, who is also from Portugal, was a contestant last year on Portuguese TV show A Procura Do Sonho, which hunts for modelling talent.

He did not win the show but did get a contract with an agency founded by fashion designer Fatima Lopes, who was a judge on it.