Authorities in Peru have confirmed that Dutchman Johan van der Sloot has confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores, the Peruvian woman found beaten to death in a Lima hotel room last week. A police spokesman, Abel Gamarra, spoke to Radio Netherlands Worldwide and said that Van der Sloot had no choice but to confess, given the amount of evidence against him.
"The police has collected so much evidence that he ultimately had no option but to sign a confession. After killing Stephany Flores, Van der Sloot had no time to cover his tracks and he made a number of mistakes along the way. So, it was easy for the police to prove that he was the perpetrator." The police spokesman added that a reconstruction of the murder on 30 May was to be simulated in the hotel room where Stephany was found dead, with Johan van der Sloot present.
Earlier, a senior Peruvian government official had confirmed Joran van der Sloot's confession, according to the US TV channel NBC. It is reported that Van der Sloot killed Stephany Flores when he discovered she had been using his laptop without his permission. Van der Sloot had gone to fetch some coffee, and, when he came back to the room, he saw that Ms Flores had accessed information on his laptop linking him to the disappearance of US teenager Natalie Holloway on the Dutch island of Aruba in 2005. Apparently, Van der Sloot then lost his temper and broke the 21-year-old Peruvian woman's neck.
Joran van der Sloot owes his international notoriety to his connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Ms Holloway's body has never been found and the case remains unsolved. Van der Sloot was the chief suspect, but no charges were brought against him due to lack of evidence.
La República reports that Stephany Flores found out about Joran van der Sloot's link with the Holloway case when she used his laptop, according to a leaked police report. In his confession he said he had objected to her meddling in his private life.
The 21-year-old Stephany Flores was found dead in Lima last week in a hotel room booked in Joran van der Sloot's name. The 22-year-old Dutchman fled to neighbouring Chile, where he was arrested on Thursday. The following day he was handed over to the Peruvian police.
Joran van de Sloot's arrest has been widely reported in Peru and the United States as well as in the Netherlands. Video has appeared on the internet of his first questioning by police, and of security camera footage showing him entering the hotel room together with Ms Flores. If found guilty, he faces a jail sentence in Peru of up to 25 years.
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