3 Mar 2009

Anger over police delays in investigating killing of child

3:33 pm on 3 March 2009

A New Zealand man living in Brazil is angry at police there for delays in investigating the rape and killing of his three-year-old daughter.

Karl Paroli, who recently moved to Brazil with his Brazilian partner, was holidaying with his daughter Cloe in the town of Trancoso in December when the child disappeared.

Mr Paroli says it took police until last week to catch her suspected killer.

He accuses military police based near the coastal resort town in eastern Brazil of blocking attempts to have the killing investigated and says he was pressured to keep quiet.

But he has praised the efforts of regional tourist police and detectives who solved the case within days.

According to reports, a worker, 24, at the Trancoso villa which the family had rented has been arrested and confessed to raping and drowning the child.