A teenage schoolgirl was nearly killed after four girls assaulted her with a machete and dug a shallow grave to bury her before she escaped.
Four schoolgirl pals have been arrested in Brazil after torturing a teenage love rival with machete and forcing her into a shallow grave to die.
According to reports, the youngsters, aged 13 to 16, dragged their 14-year-old victim into a shallow grave they had dug before hitting her repeatedly round the head and body with a wooden stick and a small machete for nearly four hours after tying her hands and feet together.
The injured girl managed to escape and seek help from locals after her tormentors went to wash blood off their hands before culminating their torture ordeal with what detectives believe was a plan to kill her.
Later, the police found sickening footage on a mobile phone belonging to one of the four teenagers they arrested in Trindade, a city in the central Brazilian state of Goias which is famous for its annual religious celebrations and is one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites.
According to the victim, the girls lured her to the venue after they had lied that a party was taking place there.
She said: ‘They called me round to their house and when I arrived, they began to hit me.
‘They tied me up and showed me where I was going to be buried.
‘Then they stabbed me and put me in the hole in the ground. I thought I was going to die there.”
Police chief Renata Vieira said the schoolgirl had been organising a 15-year-old birthday party with the help of the boyfriend of one of her attackers.
He said: ‘The youngsters we arrested said the victim started seeing that boy. Jealousy is the main motive behind what happened.
‘These girls all went to the same school and one of them had known the victim at least 10 years.’
One of the girls who was later caught confessed they had intended to kill the injured youngster. Local judge Karine Spinelli agreed to remand the suspects in custody pending an ongoing judicial probe.