The world of gastronomy mourned a few days ago because of the murder of David Peregrina Capó, 53, and his wife Érica da Silva Santos, 38, both found dead in the restaurant they ran in the tourist area. Porto Seguro is located in Ilha do Pau do Macaco (Brazil).
Weeks later, the Brazilian Police issued a statement saying that the main hypothesis was that the couple was killed by the hands of a former employee of their gastronomic business. The reason? An act of revenge motivated by a debt contracted by the chef with this person. The suspect was identified as Eliandro Lourenço de Menezes, although his whereabouts are unknown. The police issued an arrest warrant.
The report said that the alleged killer would have ended the lives of the Spanish chef and his wife because the couple expressed their refusal to give up ownership of the islet where the restaurant is located. A promise the couple made in return for their services, but was never fulfilled. Peregrina rejected the transfer of this property, because he considered a search and arrest warrant for drug trafficking against the accused. A son of the suspect, whose identity is unknown, is being investigated after reporting to the authorities in Porto Seguro.
Convicted of fraud
After the murder, it became known that David Peregrina was convicted in the Mallorcan justice system more than a decade ago for the crimes of fraud, abuse and falsification of documents. The chef fled to Brazil after being declared wanted and was arrested after failing to appear in court. He is one of 28 defendants in a scheme called ‘phantom mortgages’. He created a plan in which he built a network of fake mortgage loans between 2003 and 2004, where he earned more than two million euros thanks to his status as director of a bank branch.
In 2012, an attempt was made, but the cook was absent. Most of the accused are young people who signed these false loans in the amount of around 1,000 euros. The chef was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for this.