“The Judiciary Police presented for the first judicial interrogation a 43-year-old male defendant, a native of Seixal, Setúbal,” said a statement read by the president of the Judicial Court of the District of Funchal this Friday.

Paulo Barreto added that “after questioning that began at approximately 06.05 pm and ended at 19.45 hours, the defendant was indicted for the crime of qualified homicide” and was subject to the preventive custody measure.

On Saturday, 36-year-old Ilidia Macedo was stabbed to death in the house where she lived, in the Ajuda area, in the municipality of Funchal, allegedly by her former companion, and died at the scene.

The suspect is Valter Moreno, 43, a former athletic trainer at Sporting and currently a personal trainer and race teacher.

According to a police source, the suspect “tried to flee” and “attacked the Public Security Police (PSP)” who were summoned to the scene, which immobilized him firing a shot that hit him in the knee.

Police source told Jornel de Noticais that the alleged murderer was also found stabbed, having been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital in Funchal because of those injuries.

The crime occurred at 5 o’clock in the apartment of Idília Macedo, where he had recently moved, after the separation of Valter Moreno.