The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

Underwear model gets 25 years prison for castration slay


NEW YORK (AFP) - A young male model who castrated and bludgeoned to death his older male lover, a well known Portuguese fashion journalist, was sentenced in New York on Friday to at least 25 years in prison.

Renato Seabra got the maximum sentence - 25 years to life - for the grisly murder involving a corkscrew, wine bottle, computer and other implements in the Times Square hotel where the couple, both from Portugal, were on a holiday.

Seabra, a slim and chisel-faced 23-year-old, who was 21 at the time of the 2011 murder, told the court he was sorry and asked for forgiveness from the family of his victim, Carlos Castro.

"Something took power over me. We used to fight each other, but always playfully," he said in a statement translated from Portuguese by an interpreter.