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Murder suspect who ‘tortured and choked’ girlfriend, 16, dies after prison brawl

A man jailed on suspicion of torturing and murdering a 16-year-old girl before hiding her body in a barrel has been killed in a savage prison brawl.

Zlatko Sikorsky, 37, was awaiting trial for the brutal murder of his 16-year girlfriend Larissa Beilby, in Brisbane, Australia.

Her body was found crammed into a barrel on 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 that she may have choked on a gag but her body also showed signs of a sustained beating.

  • Teen 'murdered' then stuffed in a barrel was given crystal meth before she was killed

Giving evidence in Beenleigh Magistrates Court, pathologist Dianne Little said: “I have done over 7,000 autopsies and I have never seen anything like this.

“With her, it's the whole head, neck and upper part of the trunk, it's all one huge bruise.

“It was just one sheet of haemorrhage.”

A witness claimed she had been offered A $2,000 (about £1,100) by Sikorsky to conceal a stolen pickup with a barrel strapped to its flatbed.

She said she refused after she saw a “dead arm” flop out of the barrel.

Sikorsky, who was said to be an “intimidating” character who always carried a gun and a regular meth user who smoked the drug “24-7” was arrested by heavily-armed police in Alexandra Headland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Sikorsky was being held on remand in Queensland’s high-security Wolston Correctional Centre when, on Tuesday November 10, he was fatally injured in a fight with one of the other inmates.

He spent a number of days on life support in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital before he was pronounced dead on Thursday morning.

The Queensland Police Service's Correctional Services Investigation Unit is investigating the incident and a spokesperson said: "Our condolences go out to the man's family and friends."

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