Posted by RTE on Sunday, November 10, 2016 12:15:22 The investigation into the killing of Luka Modric has taken a new turn with the murder of an Austrian woman who was killed with a pipe found at the scene of the crime.
A court in Vienna heard on Monday that Luka’s mother, Karina Magnotta, and sister, Maria, were in the house with her when she was killed in December.
The Austrian justice minister said on Monday they had not been given a formal offer to plead guilty to murder.
The two women are due to appear in court for the murder trial on November 16.
The judge in the case has not yet ruled on the plea deal offered by the Austrian authorities.
Austria is one of only three countries in Europe that do not charge a first-degree murder charge in connection with the deaths of suspected paedophiles.
In the United States, prosecutors are allowed to charge a person only if the victim is a minor.
But prosecutors are still trying to determine how much child abuse occurred at the home.
In February, a former Austrian police officer, Alexander Juhasz, was charged with child sex abuse in connection to the killing.
He was later acquitted of those charges.
The case has drawn attention in the United Kingdom, where Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly called for the arrest of the killer.
Ms Magnotta’s death was a blow to Austria’s reputation in Europe, with the country widely seen as a model for a strong, open and tolerant society.
Mr Juhascz, who is currently on trial in Austria for child sex offences, was originally accused of being a paedophile, but has since pleaded not guilty. “
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Mr Juhascz, who is currently on trial in Austria for child sex offences, was originally accused of being a paedophile, but has since pleaded not guilty.
He has previously admitted to the murders and is due to be sentenced on December 17.
Ms Magyar was also pregnant when she died.
The trial continues.