A popular bar has been closed after the horrific discovery of a man’s body that had been buried in the concrete of the wall.
Traces of blood first prompted concern and then a more thorough search led to the discovery of the decomposing body in the walls of the premises’ wine cellar.
It led to the closing of the bar last Wednesday and the manager of the bar has been arrested for “kidnapping and unlawful confinement resulting in death.”
There are also reports that other people have also been detained as the investigation continues.
The bar manager of the L’Atrium bar has been arrested by police
The bar manager has allegedly admitted to having a row with a man, killing him and sinking him in a concrete slab, according to an AFP police source.
Firefighters have now removed the body from the concrete block.
Prosecutors had opened an investigation following the disappearance of the man, who has not been named, last September, and it had finally led police to the L’Atrium bar this week.
The news has caused shock especially as it is a popular bar in the city which was known for being friendly with sociable clients.
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One regular said: “How terrible! We’re at a point where drinking a coffee can cost us our lives. Too much insecurity and violence, this city is dangerous.”
There were many people who took to social media to express their surprise.
Another person said: “What world are we living in?” while a further agreed: “This story really takes you by surprise.”
One Facebook user wrote: “It’s like something from a film scene. Imagine how many people were having a cocktail or a beer and there was a corpse right next to them. Crazy.”
On its Facebook page, the bar described itself as: “L’Atrium Brasserie and Cafe: to spend friendly and pleasant moments with family or on your own.”