BRISBANE, Australia — A man awaiting trial in Australia for the brutal torture and slaying of his teen girlfriend has been killed in a prison beating, authorities said.
Zlatko Sikorsky, 37, was taken to a Brisbane hospital in critical condition last Tuesday after getting his head bashed during a brawl with another inmate. He spent several days on life support before being declared dead Thursday morning, News.com.au reported.
Sikorsky had been locked up on charges he brutally beat 16-year-old Larissa Beilby in June 2018 — before stuffing her body in a barrel and dumping it in the back of an abandoned truck.
The teen’s dad had reported her missing on June 22, and her body wasn’t found until days later. She sustained blunt force trauma to her head, neck and limbs before she died. She may have asphyxiated, however a cause of death was not determined due to her body’s decomposition.
Prosecutors said Sikorsky allegedly refused to take the girl to a hospital after he pummeled her.
The vicious brute was set to stand trial at a later date on charges of murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.
Witnesses said they heard screams coming from Sikorsky’s car the day Beilby was killed.
A witness in Skiorsky’s committal hearing described him as “intimidating”, and that she had told the man he shouldn’t be in contact with the teenager, as he was more than 20 years older than her, reported the Courier Mail.
The same witness told the hearing she had smoked methamphetamine with both Sikorsky and Beilby prior to her death, and that he was “high 24-7”.
The court also heard that Sikorsky “always” carried a gun with him, and had told friends he was keeping drugs and money in the barrel where Beilby’s body was later found.
The court heard the teenager had run away from home, was staying in a safe house and “doing drugs with older friends” in the weeks before her death.
The Queensland Police Service said it would be investigating Sikorsky’s death.