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The new owner of the properties at Corgas Bravas is using all kinds of fake news to forget the beauty of Corgas Bravas. Transforming the village into a yoga retreat for 24 guests and staff, he is so kind to distroy all the good memories that guests of the site have had in the years 2010 - 2015.

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By DAISY SAMPSON daisy.sampson@theresidentgroup.comFamily members of an Australian woman who was found dead at her home in Corgas Bravas in São Brás de Alportel in March 2008 are claiming that she was murdered despite Portuguese police ruling that she had committed suicide.The body of Jacinta Rees was found by a teenage neighbour at around 9.30am and, at the time, police told the Algarve Resident: “There were traces of blood found at the house, however there is no suspicion of murder.”The spokesman for the GNR continued: “The PJ police investigated the property and did not find any evidence of robbery or any other crime.”At the time of the incident, the police spokesman said that Jacinta Rees could have been “psychologically impaired” due to the fact that she had been in a car accident two days earlier and treated at Beja Hospital.According to Australian newspaper Herald Sun, a new autopsy by Australian authorities concluded that Jacinta Rees died from a “blunt force injury to the left side of the head.  The injury pattern with trauma to both head and the left arm raises serious concerns.  Further investigations are being undertaken via the Victorian Police Department’s homicide squad.”Family members of Jacinta Rees have stated in the Herald Sun that they feel let down by the Federal Government of Australia. The brother of Jacinta Rees, Cameron, told the Herald Sun:  “All we want to know is the truth about what happened to her.  She was our sister and our parents’ child – she deserves better than this.” He added: “The Portuguese police have said that she died from a self inflicted wound and there were no signs of attack or defence but Jacinta’s skull had been caved in with an axe.  She clearly had defensive wounds, also her elbow had been shattered, her knee was damaged and there were four separate wounds to her head.“She suffered a horrendous death and the GNR determined this was a suicide and our embassy concurred.”Consular assistanceIn a statement to the Algarve Resident, Australian Consul Marc Adorni-Braccesi from the Australian Embassy in Lisbon said: “We sympathise with the family in their search for answers to Ms Rees’ death.“The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been actively engaged in assisting Ms Rees’ family and the investigating officials.  The Ambassador met with, and wrote to, senior officials in the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Prosecutor’s Office about the case.  The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade obtained a copy of the autopsy report from the Victorian Coroner and provided this to the Portuguese investigators.  “The findings of the report were examined and taken into account by the Portuguese Prosecutor.  Embassy officials followed up enquiries with the investigating officials and the Prosecutor’s office on more than 20 separate occasions, including following up on the findings of the Victorian coroner.”In relation to claims surrounding the handling of the death of Jacinta Rees by the Embassy, Marc Adorni-Braccesi said: “Australian consular officials have provided extensive consular assistance to Ms Rees’ family.  Consular officials have been in contact with Ms Rees’ family members on more than one hundred separate occasions, and sought the expeditious release of information by the investigating authorities to Ms Rees’ family.”He continued: “The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade receives frequent requests from consular clients or next of kin to translate court and other official documents.  The staff at our overseas missions are not professionally trained as legal interpreters or translators and are not appropriately qualified to translate court documents.”A spokesman from the Australian Embassy in Lisbon stated that it will continue to provide consular support to the family of Jacinta Rees.A spokesman from the Victorian Police Department in Australia confirmed that they were aware of the case but at the time of the Algarve Resident going to press on Wednesday they could not confirm their involvement in the investigation. Meanwhile, a spokesman from the PJ told the Algarve Resident: “The case was referred to the public ministry in 2008 and is no longer with the PJ. We cannot confirm if the case will be reopened.”Do you have a view on this story? Please email Editor Inês Lopes at

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Jacinta Rees murdered covered up by Portugal police

Jacinta Rees

Melbourne woman Jacinta Rees died after she was hit four times in the head with an axe.

A MELBOURNE woman was murdered in Portugal and her death covered up by police there, a Sunday Herald Sun investigation has found.

Former international model and fashion executive Jacinta Rees was hacked to death with an axe at her cottage at Corgas Bravas in the Algarve, in southern Portugal, two years ago.

In a sequence of events chillingly similar to the death of Britt Lapthorne, local police claim the death was a suicide - despite a coronial examination in Australia finding she died of extensive injuries caused by repeated blows with an axe and evidence of defensive wounds on her arms and legs.

Family members have been investigating the mystery of her killing ever since. They say they have received little help from the Australian Government.

Portuguese authorities contacted by the Sunday Herald Sun would not provide any information.

The family claims consular officials botched its initial dealings with the Portuguese and have abandoned the family in its search for the truth.

"All we want is to know the truth about what happened to her. She was our sister and our parents' child - she deserves better than this," said Jacinta's brother, Cameron.

Jacinta died in April 2008, in the courtyard of her home at Sao Bras de Alportel, near the city of Faro.

Portuguese police told local reporters her death was an accident, then said it was suicide.

But a Victorian Coroners' report says she died from "blunt force injury to the left side of the head".

"This injury pattern with trauma to both head and the left arm raises serious concerns. Further investigations are being undertaken via the Victorian Police Department's homicide squad," it concludes.

An initial Portuguese autopsy report also suggests Jacinta's death was a murder.

"There are signs highly probable of defense being the elements of the autopsy suggestive of homicide with data that favour extreme violence highly difficult to attribute to the self ... ," a translation reads.

Despite those reports, the Portuguese police closed the investigation and passed the case on to the Interior Ministry as a diplomatic matter.

Police spokesman Comandante Guerriero, of the GNR - the Portuguese national police - told a local newspaper "There is no suspicion of murder" and that there was no suspicion of robbery or any other crime.

Mystery surrounds the case. Locals were reticent to speak about it.

Did she know too much?

One theory about Jacinta's death was that she found out something that cost her life.

The area where she lived is a trafficking route from North Africa and the Middle East for the illegal trade in drugs - mostly hashish - and also in stolen children.

The village of Sao Bras de Alportel is 30km from the resort of Praia de Luz where British child Maddy McCann disappeared.

Her family said child smuggling was an issue Jacinta was concerned about and might have spoken up about.

"Jacinta may have stumbled across something," brother Cameron said.

"She left a note for someone saying she was leaving and she did not know how things would work out and asked that they forgive her, but the police construed it as a suicide note," he said.

"It wasn't a suicide note - she was scared of something.

"Jacinta may have stumbled across something."

The Rees family said they felt let down by the Federal Government.

They said the Lapthorne family and the victims of the Kokoda air crash were given appropriate help and compassion while they had received little help.

The family had to pay for the repatriation of Jacinta's body and was eventually reimbursed by the Government.

"We were contacted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2008 to say that Jacinta had passed away. We were told she had committed suicide," Cameron's wife, Louise, said.

"It took us a month to bring her home. It was a while before her body arrived home."

Two days before bringing Jacinta home, the Rees family asked the Victorian Coroner to do an autopsy.

"The Coroner agreed and there was a DNA test done first which identified the remains as Jacinta," Louise said.

"At the start of the autopsy, the Coroners' office called in the homicide squad.

"Her injuries were so apparent and appalling - it was obvious she had been brutally murdered.

"It clearly was not a suicide."

Government 'abandoned us'

The Portuguese police had said she died from a self-inflicted wound to the forehead and there were no signs of attack or defence.

"But Jacinta's skull had been caved in with an axe. She clearly had defensive wounds also.

"Her elbow had been shattered, her knee was damaged and there were four separate wounds to her head - each of which could have killed her.

"She suffered a horrendous death and she most certainly fought for her life.

"The GNR determined this was a suicide and our embassy concurred.

"To this day, no one has given us an answer as to what happened to Jacinta. We've sent off letters to heaps of people in positions of influence. No one's interested, absolutely no one," she said.

The family received the Portuguese Assistant Prosecutor's report into Jacinta's death in December 2009 - almost two years after her death.

They have been quoted up to $19,000 to get it translated into English. The Federal Government has refused to help.

The family said DFAT's mismanagement of the case had cost it financially and caused much heartache.

"Despite all the facts, DFAT has never acknowledged Jacinta's death as a murder," Louise said.

"It was going to cost $4000 each to send Cam and his brother Phil to Portugal and then another $15,000 to bring Jacinta home.

"We based our decision not to go to Portugal on the embassy's advice; we decided we couldn't afford for Cam to go and there was nothing we could do anyway.

"Had we known that Jacinta had been murdered, or at the very least that her death was suspicious, we would definitely have found the money for Cam to go.

"We based our decision not to go to Portugal on the embassy's advice. We trusted their information. But as the weeks went by and we received more unofficial information it was clear the embassy hadn't looked into this properly, they had just acquiesced to what the Portuguese police had told them.

"The AFP was not advised Jacinta had passed away and there's no AFP presence in Portugal."

Along the way the funeral director would not release the body because it had not been officially identified.

"We phoned DFAT and were told they would take care of it. But we found out later they didn't identify her, they just gave some sort of authority to release the body," Louise said.

"Apart from the trauma and heartache, the financial impact on the family has been gruelling. Sorting out Jacinta's affairs meant Cam wasn't working and we had to cash in his long service leave to be able to afford to bring her home.

"We didn't qualify for victims of crime compensation in Australia because the crime occurred in Portugal and we didn't qualify for a similar scheme in Portugal because we are Australians.

"We have been impacted by a murder in a foreign country we've never visited committed by a person we do not know.

"We watched as tragically, nine Australians were killed in the Kokoda plane crash. Our Government flew them home.

"When Britt Lapthorne disappeared Kevin Rudd said 'we will leave no stone unturned'.

"It took us 24 days to bring Jacinta home. We had no idea what we were doing, we did it on our own and we had to pay for it.

"When loved ones die, the pain and grief is difficult enough, but the murder of a loved one is almost too much to bear. Our trauma is as much about the fact the Government abandoned us and we've been left to pick up the emotional, psychological and financial pieces.

"We were visited by DFAT officials eight months after Jacinta died, but we felt we were just being 'handled'. We have never had a condolence message from either the Australian or the Portuguese government." 

Deu machadadas na própria cabeça Tudo apontava para um crime de homicídio, após uma rápida análise ao corpo de Jacinta Rees, encontrada morta com ferimentos na cabeça no quintal, em Março de 2008. Mas, depois de a Polícia Judiciária ter passado a pente-fino a casa da australiana, em São Brás de Alportel, o caso mudou de figura. Os investigadores concluíram que, de forma muito estranha e fora do vulgar em casos de suicídio, Jacinta Rees deu machadadas na própria cabeça. Conclusão tão estranha que, ao que o CM apurou, nem a procuradora do Ministério Público que recebeu o caso a aceitou. E, quatro meses volvidos, a magistrada exigiu mais diligências que, no entanto, não conseguiram provar qualquer tipo de crime. A primeira autópsia concluiu que a vítima tinha sofrido uma pancada na cabeça mas não identificava se o acto tinha tido intervenção de terceiros. Segundo fonte judicial, "o processo foi titulado como homicídio, mas foi arquivado por falta de provas". O CM sabe que, depois de várias diligências e recolha de vestígios dentro da moradia, a PJ chegou à conclusão de que a ex-modelo australiana sofria de problemas psiquiátricos e terá morrido após um ritual de cariz espiritual, provocando ferimentos no próprio corpo. Segundo referiu fonte próxima da investigação, concluiu-se que "foi a própria vítima a dar com o machado na cabeça e andou pela casa a pingar sangue até cair no chão do quintal". Dois dias antes de ser encontrada morta, a australiana tinha sofrido um acidente de viação, na A2 e disse às autoridades que "estava a ser perseguida pelo Diabo". Dentro de casa, Jacinta tinha vários objectos que reforçaram a ideia de que a australiana praticava rituais. Vários pormenores apoiaram a tese de suicídio da PJ. Segundo a mesma fonte policial, um deles foi o facto de o interior da casa estar completamente intacto, "sem sinais de luta". Por outro lado, os vestígios de sangue encontrados na casa mostravam que, depois dos ferimentos, Jacinta "andou pela casa calmamente e até esteve deitada no quarto, sem pedir ajuda". ACENDEU VELAS NA ESTRADA APÓS ACIDENTE DE CARRO Dois dias antes de ter sido encontrada morta, Jacinta Rees sofreu um acidente na A2, na zona de Gomes Aires, no Alentejo. Quando os militares da GNR chegaram ao local para tomar conta da ocorrência, depararam-se com um cenário, no mínimo, estranho. A australiana, ao que o CM apurou, acendeu velas à volta do carro em plena auto-estrada e disse aos militares que "estava a ser perseguida pelo Diabo". Sofreu vários ferimentos e recebeu tratamento hospitalar. Ficou com hematomas que foram, dias depois, identificados na autópsia. 

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Morte de australiana arquivada por falta de provas Os resultados da primeira autópsia ao corpo da australiana Jacinta Rees, encontrada morta no jardim de casa, em Corgas Bravas, São Brás de Alportel, em Março de 2008, já levantavam muitas dúvidas à tese de suicídio apresentada pela PJ de Faro. Os resultados forenses, ao que o CM apurou, revelavam que a mulher, uma ex-modelo, tinha sofrido uma pancada na cabeça, mas como não foram encontradas provas de crime, os investigadores concluíram que se tratou de um suicídio com características fora do habitual. Segundo referiu ao CM fonte judicial, "os resultados da primeira autópsia já contrariavam a tese da investigação". O magistrado do Ministério Público que recebeu o processo não terá ficado convencido com a teoria da PJ, mas, fase ao ponto sem saída a que a investigação chegou, optou pelo arquivamento. O caso renasceu após a família de Jacinta ter falado e entregue a um jornal australiano os resultados de uma nova autópsia feita na Austrália. O exame revelou que sofreu um golpe no crânio "com um machado" e que apresentava "feridas defensivas" num cotovelo. O CM pediu esclarecimentos à Directoria do Sul da PJ, que apenas confirmou que "o processo foi remetido ao Ministério Público em Julho de 2008". A Direcção Nacional da PJ não respondeu. Andrew Finlay

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