Woman in Austria accused of killing partners, dismembering their bodies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 4:18am

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

Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, who has joint Spanish and Mexican citizenship, is charged with shooting dead her husband in 2008 and her new partner in 2010.

Prosecutors allege she then sliced up the bodies of Holger Holz and Manfred Hinterberger with a chainsaw and concealed the pieces in concrete under her shop in Vienna. The remains were discovered during maintenance work in June last year.

Carranza was captured just days after fleeing to Italy and extradited. When arrested, she was two months' pregnant. Her son was born in January but taken from her and is now reportedly being looked after by her parents in Barcelona. Carranza married the father in jail in March.

A psychiatric report commissioned by the court said she was like a "princess … who just wants to be 'rescued' by a man".