A NEWLYWED was "knifed to death by her husband while screaming 'Mum, I want to come home' down the phone just six days after their wedding".
Rafaela Francisco, 19, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband, Mario Francisco, at their apartment in the south-eastern Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on December 23.
On the day she was killed, Rafaela was straightening her hair when Mario arrived home and an argument immediately ensued.
According to reports, Mario then grabbed a knife and stabbed his wife in the stomach and the neck.
The young woman managed to send her mother an audio message during the violent attack which would be her last words.
In the haunting voicenote, Rafaela could be heard crying and saying: "Mum, I want to come back home."
After killing his wife, Mario then called his father who took him to the police station so he could hand himself in.
He is being investigated for murder and it is not known if he has since been charged.
According to the teenager's relatives, Mario regularly assaulted her and had previously attempted to throttle her.
The physical and psychological abuse allegedly worsened after the couple married before Christmas.
It was then that the marketing student told her mother-in-law that she wanted a divorce.
Relatives have claimed that this was the motive behind Mario's fatal attack.
According to the Wilson Center, a US-based think tank, femicide in Brazil increased by four percent from 2017 to 2018.
Femicide is different to murder in that it refers to the murder of a woman because of her gender or in some cases domestic violence.
A study from the Sao Paulo Prosecution Service showed that after analysing cases of violent death of women only four percent of victims had previously reported their killers for violence.
Reports of domestic violence in Brazil also rose by 0.8 percent in 2018 which the Wilson Center claims is an increase in one incident per every two minutes.
WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
You don't have to suffer in silence.
If you are experiencing domestic violence or someone you know is there are groups that can help.
Refuge runs a free, 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247.
You can also visit the website or contact Women’s Aid.
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