BY JASON LANGE
POLICE in a Mexico City suburb arrested a Catholic priest for allegedly murdering his pregnant mistress on Easter Sunday — then chopping up her body.
Authorities said Fr Cesar Torres Martinez, 42, confessed to strangling 22-year-old Veronica Andrade Salinas after she confronted him over . the pregnancy and demanded money.
Fr Torres had just presided over a pre-dawn Easter Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Netzahualcoyotl, just east of Mexico City, when Miss Andrade confronted him in the rectory, the state prosecutor's office said.
After a deadly struggle, the priest dismembered Miss Andrade's body with a kitchen knife in the rectory bathroom and dumped the remains in a plastic bag outside a, local cemetery, the prosecutor's office said.
Fr Torres said he was having an affair with Miss Andrade, who was survived by an 18-month-old daughter, according to the prosecutor's office.
The BBC reported that Miss Andrade's mother said the two had been in a sexual relationship for years, since they met when Miss Andrade was 13, and that the surviving child was theirs.
The priest is awaiting formal charges for murder and mutilation of a corpse.