The cases relate to the disappearance and murder of Sandra Duarte, a TVDE driver whose body was found dismembered inside a suitcase, in Almancil, in August, as well as of Josiele Maria Rodrigues de Fontes, a 25-year-old Brazilian immigrant who disappeared in Vilamoura in December.

The crimes were committed for sexual reasons, following robberies carried out between last summer and the end of the year, according to CNN Portugal.

CNN Portugal adds that according to the investigation by the authorities, the alleged killer is a sexual predator who attacked the victims at random, having robbed and sexually assaulted them before killing them.

However, the Public Ministry considered that there was only evidence of the man's involvement in drug trafficking, and ended up being detained only for that crime.

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