Queensland police say a woman whose body parts were found cooking on a stovetop in Brisbane could have been killed days earlier.
A chef may have spent up to two days attempting to dispose of his wife’s dismembered body after a domestic violence incident that reached gruesome depths.
The remains of 27-year-old Indonesian woman Mayang Prasetyo were found boiling on a stovetop at an upmarket Teneriffe apartment building by police on Saturday night.
Ms Mayang, a young transgender woman who worked as a high-class escort to support her family in Indonesia, was allegedly slain at the hands of her husband Marcus Volke.
It has taken authorities four days to clean and gather evidence from the macabre crime scene Volke left behind.
The 27-year-old fled the building after officers arrived and hid in a nearby industrial bin where he took his own life.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt confirmed there was no third party involved and police had recovered a murder weapon.
“It was found with Mr Volke,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
Ms Mayang’s time of death has also been narrowed down.
“Indications are that (she died) more than likely late Thursday evening or early Friday, however that has to be presented to the coroner,” Det Sen Sgt Armitt said.
He would not comment on the crime scene except to say that police often dealt with disturbing jobs.
Det Sen-Sgt Armitt said the incident was being treated as “a domestic violence matter that has become out of hand”, and police were eager to speak with friends of the couple to gather character evidence.
The bodies of Ms Mayang and Volke will be returned to their families after the Queensland coroner is satisfied that their identities have been established.
Ms Mayang also went by the names Mayang Patang and Febri Andrian Syah, police said.
Det Armitt denied reports the pair were linked to drugs.
Police have interviewed electrician Brad Coyne, who Volke called to repair his stove hours before police swarmed the apartment.
Mr Coyne noted the “squelch” of the carpet, a pungent smell, rubber gloves, bleach and a “massive” cooking pot on the stove.
Volke told the tradesman he was cooking pig’s broth.
Ms Mayang’s mother, Nining Sukarni, was stunned by the crime, believing Volke to be “kind and polite”.
She has also appealed to the media to be considerate of the family’s grief, after a headline in The Courier-Mail referred to Ms Mayang as a “she-male”.
“The media should be able to take care of our family’s feelings while we are grieving,” she told Indonesian news website VIVANews.
The Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland condemned the coverage and garnered more than 20,000 signatures on a petition which demands a public apology from the newspaper.
The Courier-Mail has responded to criticism saying it had no intention of diminishing the value of Ms Mayang’s life or adding to the grief being felt by her family.
The Indonesian consulate-general in Sydney had contacted police and The Courier-Mail, rebuking the newspaper over its headline, according to VIVANews.
A vigil will be held for Ms Mayang in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.
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