I Was Insane: The Man Who Cut Up Cara in Brazil; No Remorse: Dos Santos, Who Is "Totally Dependent on Drugs", Smiles as He Is Taken by Police to the Scene of His Alleged Crime. He Photographed His Dismembered Victim

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I Was Insane: The Man Who Cut Up Cara in Brazil; No Remorse: Dos Santos, Who Is "Totally Dependent on Drugs", Smiles as He Is Taken by Police to the Scene of His Alleged Crime. He Photographed His Dismembered Victim


Byline: ED HARRIS

THE man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her body in a suitcase plans to plead temporary insanity, his lawyer said today.

Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Dos Santos, who has confessed to killing 17-year-old Cara Marie Burke, from Southfields, near Wimbledon, was "totally dependent" on a range of drugs, Dr Carlos Trajano said.

"He took everything you can possibly imagine he even sniffed cooking gas," said Dr Trajano, whose client faces up to 36 years in jail if convicted of the murder in Brazil. He was addicted to drugs including crack cocaine and a concoction known in Brazil as merla, a mixture of coca paste and battery acid, Dr Trajano told The Guardian. It is sold on the streets of Jardim Novo Mundo, a district where Miss Burke spent much of her time in Goi?nia, a sprawling city in central Brazil.

Dos Santos had allegedly been awake for four days after taking cocaine when the killing happened.

He was taken in handcuffs to the scene of his crime. Police said he had bragged to his brother, Bruce Lee, who lives with their mother in London, in a text message that Miss Burke was "in the bag". …

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