An Australian man killed and cooked his trans wife before killing himself.
Marcus Volke, a 27-year-old chef from Brisbane, told workman Brad Coyne to ‘mind the smell’ when he called him to his flat, an inquest heard.
He had been called to Volke’s flat after an electrical fault in 2014.
The pot in which Volke was cooking the remains of his wife Mayang Prasetyo spilled onto the oven and cut its power.
When Coyne went to the flat and raised the alarm. The building managers then alerted police over the smell, which neighbors described as ‘rotting meat’.
Officers Constable Liam McWhinney and Senior Constable Bryan Reid responded to the call.
McWhinney said they were not suspicious, initially, because Volke was cooperative.
When they asked to search his unit, Volke asked to secure the couple’s dogs and locked the door behind him.
Inside the flat, he reportedly slit his throat before jumping his balcony fence and fleeing.
He was later discovered dead in an industrial dumpster.
Officers chased Volke, but when they couldn’t find him returned to search the apartment.
Inside they found a pool of blood on the floor and, next to it, a large cooking pot which seemed to contain human feet.
‘Originally I thought it was some sort of sick prank,’ McWhinney said.
‘Halloween or something – when I put two and two together, I realized it wasn’t a prank.’
His partner said the apartment smelled terrible, like something ‘I hadn’t smelled before’.
‘I can’t really describe it,’ he said.
‘I’m thinking it could well be a murder that’s happened.’
Detective Sergeant Joshua Walsh, in charge of the investigation into Volke’s death, told the court the couple had met while working as escorts, according to Volke’s former partner.
She told Walsh Volke had accrued a debt of approximately AUS $9,000 (€6,083.71, £5,173.02, $6,679.53), but was unable to repay it.
He then met Prasetyo, and they reached ‘an agreement between the two parties that [Volke] would assist with her getting a permanent partner visa for Australia’.
In return, Prasetyo said she would ‘assist him within transgender clubs within Melbourne and overseas, in Europe and Asia’, Walsh said.
The couple travelled through Asia and Europe together and worked as escorts.
They got married in Copenhagen in 2013.
Investigations into Volke’s death also revealed he had a history of depression, anxiety, and a sleep disorder.