“Yeah I got a bit of a problem. Um, I was cooking on my stove, it’s an electric stove and the stock pot boiled over… and then all the power turned off.”
Marcus Volke is not alone, we’re all guilty of the odd cooking disaster: over seasoning, charring a pan, burning the whole meal. However, what was on the menu in Volke’s upscale Brisbane apartment in October 2014 was far from appetising.
On arrival, the electrician called to fix the fault was greeted by a rancid smell and a host of butchering paraphernalia, which Volke attributed to his cooking of “pig broth”. Alarm bells rang and the police were called to investigate.
What they found simmering in the large pot were the feet of his 27 year old transgender girlfriend, Mayang Prasetyo.
An inquest has been launched into the events leading up to what is being called a “murder-suicide”. Police believe that Volke, a chef by trade, brutally murdered and dismembered Prasteyo, a high end Indonesian escort, before taking his own life.
It is unknown exactly what transpired between the pair before Prasteyo was murdered. However, what is known is that he decided to get rid of the body by dismembering and boiling down the parts on his electric stove – and that the process was halted when the pot overflowed, causing a power outage.
The recently released call he made to the electrician reveals Volke to be callous and unemotional as he asks whether it could be fixed as soon as possible.
After a few hours electrician Brad Coyne arrived to fix the issue. “We went into the bathroom which had laundry in it and there was a cupboard that had the washing machine in it – which I didn’t know at the time had bits of his wife’s body in it, like her head and arms,” Coyne told the Scottish Daily Record at the time.
Coyne got the power back on and tested the stove – unaware that Prasetyo’s feet were inside. However, feeling uneasy, Coyne notified the building manager who asked the police to undertake a welfare call.
What ensued is currently under investigation but ends in suicide. Finding himself cornered by police Volke, slit his own throat while hiding in an industrial bin. Constable Liam McWhinney and his partner Senior Constable Bryan Reid answered the call-out and found Volke initially cooperative and unsuspicious.
Things took a turn when they asked to search the apartment. Volke agreed but said he would secure his dogs first, instead locking the door and fleeing.
McWhinney and Reid gave chase but were unable to capture him. On returning to the apartment they found Pratseyo’s feet protruding from the boiling pot and initially thought it was a joke; however, on closer inspection realised the grizzly truth.
Volke was eventually found. Upon fleeing the scene he had self-harmed, leaving a trail of blood, which police used to trace him to the industrial bin.
The three-day inquest into the events is currently being undertaken to determine what role police played in Volke’s death and whether or not they complied with proper procedure.
On the inquest’s first day it was heard that Volke had consulted a doctor for anxiety, depression and a sleep disorder two weeks before the incident happened.
If you or anyone else you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidal tendencies then please don’t hesitate to visit the Samaritans for help and advice
or call 116 123.