Teen Abduction, Gruesome Murder Trial Starts in Bulgaria

Crime | June 10, 2013, Monday // 08:12|  views

Miroslava's dead body was found by the police in Pernik suburbs on January 12, 2012 after two months of active search, which involved the information systems of Schengen and Interpol. Photo by Facebook

A Bulgarian district court will give on Monday the go-ahead to a keenly expected trial over the abduction and brutal murder of a teen girl in the town of Pernik two years ago.

Miroslava Nikolova, 17, from the western city of Pernik, near Sofia, was kidnapped in 7 November 2011 and her body was discovered by the police 65 days later.

Two men were arrested as suspects. One of them – Chocho, according to the police, had made confessions and implicated his accomplice, Mario Lyubenov, as the physical perpetrator of the murder.

Chocho, however, committed suicide before the eyes of highly-trained policemen after he got hold of a gun during the search of his apartment. The other suspect was listed in a Sofia psychiatry ward to be tested for schizophrenia.

Lyubenov was reportedly a classmate of Borislav – boyfriend of Miroslava's sister, Eleonora. The girl was kidnapped because Borislav recently inherited a large amount of money and the perpetrators planned to ask him for ransom. They told police they killed Miroslava because they had no means to take care of her.

In January 2012, Lyubenov AKA The Rabbit was charged as a murder accomplice in the case of the slain Bulgarian teen girl.

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