Lifelong imprisonment for murder of a religious roommate


After a five-day trial ended on Monday a sensational trial before the district court of Freiburg with the maximum penalty for the accused: Due to the murder of his religious roommate, a 25-year-old student was sentenced to life imprisonment.The act took place on 10th August 2016 ( reported3). The victim, a devout Christian from Paderborn, had moved into the two-room flat only nine days earlier to work in a prayer house in Freiburg. According to the student, who called himself an “antitheist”, it had come to the dispute several times because of their religious beliefs. On the day of the tattag, he stormed into the woman’s room, asked her about her attitude to same-sex marriage, and stabbed her in the neck after she refused.The murder weapon – a knife – he had hidden in his pocket, said the 25-year-old in the interrogations. After the injured victim attempted to escape, he pursued it into the stairwell and killed it by several more stitches in the back. In the WG he was later arrested without resistance. Compared to an expert, he called the fictional character of the serial killer Hannibal Lecter from the movie “The Silence of the Lambs” as his role model.The student announced the murder in a manifestoThe court found the defendant, who lived in isolation, never had a partner or partner, and had been treated as a student for depression, fully guilty. He was “undoubtedly mentally unhealthy,” judged Judge Eva Kleine-Cosack, according to a report in the “Badische Zeitung”, but he acted out of treachery and low motives. The murder was planned in detail and even announced in a manifesto. In the document, the student explained that he killed his roommate vicariously for all believers. He also regretted his “laziness of not having killed this species”.”We will have to resign ourselves to be able to explain human behavior sometimes not or not satisfactorily,” said Judge Kleine-Cosack. The verdict is not yet legally binding. The student has the opportunity to review within a week. (Cw)


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