Mayang Prasetyo was found dismembered in a Teneriffe apartment. Marcus Volke and Mayang Prasetyo. Photo: Facebook
Mayang Prasetyo’s Indonesian mother says she has forgiven the man who murdered then reportedly dismembered and cooked the body parts of her eldest child less than a week ago.
But Nining Sukarni, 45, is still struggling to believe her son-in-law, Marcus Volke, is responsible for the violent slaying at an inner Brisbane apartment.
“I don’t believe it. I don’t think it’s possible. Marcus is very soft. he’s not capable of hurting people. He’s a kind person,” she said.
Mr Volke, 28, is believed to have killed his transgender partner in the ground floor apartment they shared in upmarket Teneriffe, before dismembering her body and cooking it in chemicals in a bid to dispose of it.
Police responding to requests for a welfare check at the apartment uncovered the grisly scene on Saturday night, prompting Mr Volke to flee and, shortly after, take his own life.
Speaking to Fairfax Media from her home in Lampung in southern Sumatra, Ms Sukarni reached out to Mr Volke’s family in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, asking for forgiveness for both their son’s death and that of the child who was born her son Febri Andriansyah 27 years ago.
“My message for Marcus’ family is let’s forgive each other,” she said.
“Please forgive Febri if he did things that anger Marcus or his family.
“I forgave Marcus for whatever he has done to Febri.
“I hope Marcus’ mum and the whole family be strengthened in this difficult time.”
Ms Sukarni said Mr Volke and Ms Prasetyo were married in Denmark on August 1, 2013.
However, friends of Ms Prasetyo said though the couple referred to each other as husband and wife, their marriage was not legally recognised because Ms Prasetyo was a pre-operation transgender woman.
Ms Sukarni said he asked for her to pray for him when he told her he would begin gender reassignment surgery, having identified as a girl throughout his childhood.
“His first operation was on March 19, 2009. It was in Thailand,” Mrs Sukarni said.
“He told me, ‘Mum, I ask for your prayer on my decision. I want to do breast surgery.’
“I told him I would pray for him.”
She said her son sent money back to Indonesia to provide for her and his two younger sisters, aged 15 and 18.
Asked what she would do now Ms Prasetyo was gone, she said, “I still don’t know”.
She said she was unaware what her daughter was doing to make money in Australia and only became aware through news reports in the wake of her death that she worked on cruise ships.
She said she had previously owned a pet shop on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Ms Prasetyo’s Facebook profile lists her as a former employee of Melbourne-based transgender cabaret show Le Femme Garcon but the owner told Fairfax Media on Tuesday she had not worked there.
Mrs Sukarni said a neighbour delivered the tragic news of her son’s death on Sunday night, three days after she received her last text message from Ms Prasetyo.
“He said, ‘Ma’am, please be strong. Febri has gone’,” she said.
“I was shocked hearing that. I asked him what made him dead. I know he wasn’t sick. We still talked about five days earlier on the phone and on Thursday night he texted me asking me if everybody at home was okay.
“Febri’s friend said he didn’t know what happened to my son. He just told me I have to be strong.”
She said a phone call from the Indonesian embassy on Monday morning confirmed her fears.
Now, she is waiting for her son’s remains to finally return home, so she can lay him to rest.
She has no plans to come to Australia to bring them home.
“I’ll just wait here, I asked the Indonesian government to bring back his remains as soon as possible. I will bury him here,” she said.
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