Police in Athens on Monday were searching the capital’s main landfill in Fyli for the remains of a 52-year-old man after a 21-year-old confessed to murdering him, cutting up his body and disposing of it in the trash.
The 21-year-old man reportedly confessed on Saturday to stabbing his 52-year-old godfather to death in his sleep because the older man used to beat his mother.
The crime took place in the Athens suburb of Petralona, though the alleged perpetrator gave conflicting accounts as to whether he killed his godfather on Thursday or Friday. He did, however, point out the two wheelie bins where he said he disposed of the 52-year-old’s body after hacking it up into pieces and distributing them between several trash bags.
State broadcaster ERT released surveillance video footage showing the 21-year-old man disposing of trash bags.
The Athens municipal authority confirmed that the two wheelie bins have been emptied twice since Friday, prompting the search at the Fyli landfill.
The young man’s mother had reportedly told friends over the weekend that her son had killed and dismembered the 52-year-old, but was not taken seriously as she has a history of mental illness.