Saturday, May 18

Man faces jail for choking woman, 20, to death during sex after they met at a bus stop



A man is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he admitted choking a woman to death as they had sex after they met at the end of a night out.

Mark Bruce, 32, killed 20-year-old Chloe Miazek at his flat in Aberdeen in the early hours of 3 November last year.

Chloe, from Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, was waiting at a bus stop after she had been thrown out of a nightclub for being drunk eight days before her 21st birthday.

There, she met Bruce, and they went back to his flat after discovering a shared interest in ‘erotic asphyxiation’, the High Court in Aberdeen was told.

The court heard how Chloe died ‘in seconds’ after Bruce seized her neck while they had sex.

The 20-year-old died ‘in seconds’, a court was told (Police Scotland)

CCTV later captured Bruce wandering the streets for more than an hour before he turned himself in at Rosemount Police Station, telling an officer: ‘I’ve done something terrible.’

He added: ‘I’ve killed someone. There’s a female in my bed.’

Advocate depute Jo McDonald said: ‘His explanation is he placed his hands around her neck during sexual intercourse and the evidence is consistent with that.

‘The evidence suggests death is likely to have been quick – seconds rather than minutes.

‘The extent of the injuries suggested not much force being used.’

Defence advocate Brian McConnachie QC said: ‘Evidence has been disclosed to the defence from a previous partner that sexual asphyxiation was something Miss Miazek was interesed in.

Bruce pleaded guilty to culpable homicide at the High Court in Aberdeen (Geograph)

‘I don’t wish to sound like I’m suggesting she was the author of her own misfortunate but it is a significant factor.

‘The accused can’t recall the specifics of what went on but it seems that they had something of a shared interest in that particular practice.

‘He recalls that all of a sudden it changed from everything being alright to her being dead.’

In a statement, Chloe’s family said: ‘We remain absolutely devastated following the death of our beautiful daughter and sister, Chloe.

‘She was in the prime of her life and had so much to look forward to and it is difficult for us to comprehend that she is not here with us today.’

Bruce pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and has been remanded in custody ahead of his sentencing on April 5.