Two burglars suspected of torturing Portuguese rapper Mota Jr to death after he flaunted ‘billionaire lifestyle’ on Instagram ‘have fled to the UK’ and are being hunted by police

  • ‘Mota Jr’, whose real name is David Mota, was abducted from his Lisbon home
  • He was missing for over two months when his body was found in a nearby forest 
  • An initial post-mortem revealed he was most likely punched and kicked to death 
  • Mota was born in Portugal but emigrated to the UK when his dad became ill 
  • Police are working on the theory he was killed after being kidnapped and tortured by a trio who wanted to steal his jewels and cash

Two of the three men suspected of torturing a Portuguese rapper to death are reportedly being hunted by British police.

Respected Portuguese daily Correio da Manha said European arrest warrants had already been issued for the pair after detectives discovered they had fled to the UK following David Mota’s brutal killing.

Today it also emerged the 28-year-old, who flaunted a ‘billionaire lifestyle’ with fans online, had spent part of his childhood in Britain.

The UK connection to the grisly crime came after an initial post-mortem pointed to the musician, known as Mota Jr, being kicked and punched to death.

Pictured: Mota Jr, a Portugese rapper who was found dead with signs he’d been tortured by the thieves who stole his jewellery

Pictured: Mota Jr stands in front of a Porsche in Portugal, before he was killed by three men trying to steal the property he flaunted on Instagram  

His decomposed body, which had been partly eaten by wild boars, was found on Monday in woods near Sesimbra, 30 miles away from Lisbon, by a man out walking his dog

Police are working on the theory he was killed after being kidnapped and tortured by a trio who wanted to steal his jewels and cash.

Mota, the youngest of three children, was born in Portugal but moved to the UK as a teenager with his mum and an older sister and went to school in Britain after his dad who had already emigrated for work fell ill.

He vanished on March 15 after being abducted outside his home in Sintra near Lisbon.

His decomposed body, which had been partly eaten by wild boars, was found on Monday in woods near Sesimbra 30 miles away by a man out walking his dog.

Correio da Manha said two of the three suspects fled Portugal for the UK the week after the crime, thought to have been planned by an acquaintance of Mota Jr known to police.

Mota, the youngest of three children, was born in Portugal but moved to the UK as a teenager with his mum and an older sister and went to school in Britain after his dad who had already emigrated for work fell ill

The names of the suspects have begun to circulate on social media but have not been published by Portuguese media.

No-one from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria police force could be reached for comment this morning.

Mota Jr flaunted gold jewellery and wads of cash on social media.

One of the photos he posted to his 169,000 followers on Instagram before he went missing showed him lying on a bed surrounded by 50 euros with 500 and 200 euro notes in his left hand.

In others he showed off by expensive sports cars and in the company of scantily-clad women.

The suspects reportedly returned to his home the day after the rapper’s disappearance while his mum and sister were at a nearby police station giving statements to steal his gold and money.

They are said to have let themselves in a with a key they stole from their victim after he confessed under duress where he kept his valuables.

Police have ruled out the theory his death was linked to a ‘rapper war’ despite investigating claims of problems between rival musicians.

Mota Jr’s mum Filomena has told Portuguese media she believes his attackers intended to rob him but not kill him.

Police have already interviewed a friend of the dead rapper who says she was threatened by David’s attackers and told her to leave the area after they put a weapon to his head. 

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