A MONSTER who beheaded his step-daughter with a machete was jailed for 55 years – however his lawyer says the sentence is TOO HARSH.

Yesterday Diogo da Silva Leite was discovered responsible of killing the one-year-old Maria Clara, within the Brazilian metropolis of Pindamonhangaba in October final yr.

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Maria Clara, 1, was murdered final October[/caption]

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Diogo da Silva Leite was jailed for 55 years[/caption]

He was sentenced to 54 years for certified murder, one yr and 4 months for concealment of a corpse and one month and ten days for making a false report.

However Leite’s lawyer, Helio Barbosa, blasted the sentence and mentioned that “the penalty may be very excessive”.

Barbosa additionally mentioned that he believed different folks had been concerned within the crime, it was reported.

On October 13 final yr, Leite introduced his stepdaughter out for a stroll however returned with out her.

He then advised the newborn’s mom that she had been kidnapped.

Police had been suspicious of Leite from the outset particularly of his model of occasions which had been solely reported six hours after the lady disappeared.

Later police obtained footage from safety cameras of the situation the place the alleged abduction occurred which contradicted Leite’s model.

The stepfather shortly confessed to the horrific crime.

He advised the police he decapitated his stepdaughter with a machete and he then left her physique in a wooded space beside a motorway within the metropolis of Taubate.

The little lady’s physique was discovered unclothed.

Nonetheless, he was not in a position to say what had motivated him to kill the teen.

In response to paperwork from the Guardianship Council of Pinda, the household has been reported to authorities prior to now over baby abuse.

Maria Clara and her two siblings are reported to be victims of abuse.

The case angered native residents, who set hearth to the home the place Leite lived with the newborn’s mom.


On the time, the younger lady was pregnant and was pressured to depart city.

Maria Clara’s father, Steven Roger Galvao, has two extra kids with the newborn’s mom, who lives with him.

Leite has been in preventive custody since his arrest.