The Straits Times
Published on Nov 19, 2012

'Cold-blooded' ice cream lady in Austrian murder trial


VIENNA (AFP) - A woman described as "singularly cold-blooded" went on trial in Austria Monday accused of murdering two men and setting their sawn-up body parts in concrete in the cellar of her ice cream parlour.

Dubbed the "trial of the year" in Austrian media, Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, who has joint Spanish-Mexican citizenship, is charged with shooting dead her husband in 2008 and in 2010 her new partner.

Prosecutors allege she then sliced up the bodies of her first victim Holger Holz and the second, Manfred Hinterberger, with a chain saw and concealed the pieces in lumps of concrete that she mixed in the cellar under her "Schleckeria" shop in Vienna.

The gruesome remains were discovered by chance during maintenance work in June 2011. After going on the run to Italy, Carranza was captured several days afterwards and later extradited.