Joran van der Sloot has “officially” confessed to murdering 21-year old, Stephany Flores in a hotel room. Flores, a university student in Lima, Peru was found beaten to death in the hotel where the Dutchman had stayed while participating in a poker tournament. Flores is thought to have met van der Sloot at the casino.
The details of the murder have also come out in the confession, and it is being reported by police that van der Sloot killed Flores because he got angry when he found out that she had looked up information about his past on his laptop.
Police say van der Sloot brutally murdered Flores three days after meeting her. He broke her nose, strangled her, threw her to the floor then emptied her wallet and drove away in her SUV, said Gen. Cesar Guardia, chief of the criminal police.
Van der Sloot took about $300 worth of Peruvian currency, two credit cards and Flores’ national ID card. He said the suspect abandoned her car in a lower-class Lima neighborhood before fleeing south to Chile by bus.
Lima Superior Court Judge Juan Buendia issued a detention order before dawn for van der Sloot on the murder charge. He was first taken with other prisoners in an armored truck to Lima’s judicial palace, then alone to the maximum-security Castro Castro Prison. The judge ordered him jailed on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the beating and strangling death of a young Lima woman. Prosecutors said the Dutchman, who was taken to a segregated block of an eastern Lima prison, acted with “ferocity and great cruelty” in killing 21-year-old.
The Dutchman will have his own cell in a small block near the director’s office. Rodriguez said van der Sloot asked to be put in a cell by himself because he fears other inmates will kill him. The only other two prisoners on the block are a reputed Colombian hit man charged with strangling a Peruvian socialite and a provincial mayor charged with laundering drug money.
If convicted on the murder and robbery charges, van der Sloot would be sentenced to between 15 and 35 years in prison, court spokesman Luis Gallardo informed reporters. It was not yet known when the trial might begin. A judge must first be assigned to hear the case.