A man who was detained on suspicion of torturing and murdering a 16-year-old girl before hiding her body in a barrel has died after a savage prison battle.
Zlatko Sikorsky, 37, was awaiting trial for the brutal murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend Larissa Beilby, in Brisbane, Australia, in June 2018.
Her body was found crammed into a barrel in the back of a pickup truck, in such a state of decomposition that it was impossible to determine the exact cause of death.
Injuries to her mouth suggest she may have choked on a gag, but her body also showed signs of a sustained beating, the Australian NCA Newswire reported.
Pathologist Dianne Little gave evidence in Beenleigh Magistrates Court, saying, “I’ve done over 7,000 autopsies and I’ve never seen anything like it.
‘With her it’s the whole head, the neck and the top part of the trunk, it’s all one big bruise.
“It was just one bleed.”
A witness alleged that Sikorsky had offered her $ 2,000 Australian dollar (about £ 1,100) to hide a stolen pickup truck with a barrel tied to the cargo bed.
She said she refused after seeing a ‘dead arm’ fall from the barrel.
Sikorsky said he was an “intimidating” character who always carried a gun and a regular meth user who smoked the drug “24-7,” The Courier Mail reported.
He was arrested by heavily armed police in Alexandra Headland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
He was on remand at the high-security Wolston Correctional Center in Queensland when he was fatally injured in a fight with one of the other inmates on Tuesday, November 10.
He spent several days living at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane before being pronounced dead on Thursday morning, November 19.
The Queensland Police Correctional Services Investigation Unit is investigating the incident and a spokesman said, “Our condolences go out to the man’s family and friends.”