The dismembered body of a 17-year-old British girl was found in a suitcase after she was murdered in Brazil, allegedly by a man who had hoped to marry her.

The torso of Cara Marie Burke, from Southfields, southwest London, was identified by her mother from a photograph of a distinctive tattoo that said “Mum.”

Mohamed D’Ali Carvalho dos Santos, 20, allegedly admitted photographing Cara’s dismembered corpse on his cell phone after killing her in Goiânia, central Brazil.

He told police that he murdered Cara on Saturday after she threatened to tell his parents, who live in London, that he was a drug dealer addicted to cocaine. He said that she was also considering turning him in to the police.

Dos Santos, a Brazilian of Turkish heritage, is believed to have been living in Britain illegally and had told friends that he wanted to marry Cara to obtain British citizenship.

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