Husband kept wife locked in ‘filthy and dark’ cellar for 8 years, police say

A man has been arrested for allegedly keeping his wife locked up for eight years in the dark, dank cellar of their home in southeastern Brazil, police say.

Joao Batista Groppo, 64, was arrested after his wife of 40 years, Sebastiana, was found confined in a filthy, dark cellar, said police inspector Jaqueline Barcelos Coutinho.

Groppo’s girlfriend, Maria Furquim, was arrested as an accomplice by police in Sorocaba, about 80km west of Sao Paulo, the inspector said — via

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