Monday, 27. April 2015
26. 01. 12. - 14:00
A 71-year-old British ex-pat is being held by police in Bulgaria after allegedly confessing to the brutal rape and murder of a 11-year-old schoolboy.
The Scots pensioner, say local media, admitted the killing after failing a lie detector tests.
Local media have named him as David Branson Ferguson, who settled in the remote village of Lagoshevtsi four years ago.
Victim Stanislav Lagoshevtsi was reported missing at the beginning of this month, but his abandoned body was only discovered over the weekend after it had been severely mauled and chewed by wild dogs.
An autopsy has revealed that the youngster was sexually abused before he was suffocated.
Locals say the British pensioner lived alone, but would often photograph local children after hiring then to "help around the house."
Mayor Tihomir Toshev said: "He was a loner and lived away from everyone else. He didn't take part in village activities and didn't even use the shops."
And villager Veselka Kostova added: "I only spoke to him a couple of times. He said he'd come to Bulgaria because it was cheaper and his pension would last longer than in Scotland.
"He told me he was divorced and had three children - daughters.
"He would sometimes hire local children to help him with repairs around the house, and he photographed them on his camera."
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told local media a suspect had been arrested for the alleged murder and had made full confessions after failing a polygraph test.
The child's mother has told police that the pensioner had been "obsessed" with the idea of adopting her son.
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