Iraqi sentenced to life for rape, murder of teenage girl in Germany

Wiesbaden (dpa) – A German court has sentenced a 22-year-old man from Iraq to life in prison for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl named Susanna from the western city of Mainz. In handing down their judgement on Wednesday, the judges in the Wiesbaden district court also stated the particular severity of guilt in the case, making early release after 15 years almost impossible for the man, named only as Ali B under German privacy laws. The judges said the man remained “highly dangerous” and had not made any serious attempt to express regret for the crime. Ali B had “shown neither regret nor sympathy,” presiding Judge Juergen Bonk said.

“An acceptance of responsibility would not have undone what happened,” Bonk said, but it would have given Susanna’s mother the chance to make a fresh start in life without her daughter. However, the defendant was not prepared to do this, perhaps was even unable to do so, Bonk said. The district court found Ali B guilty of raping and murdering Susanna more than a year ago in a forest near the Wiesbaden district of Erbenheim. The body of the girl was found on June 6, 2018, in a hole in the ground near railroad tracks about two weeks after her disappearance, based on a tip-off to police. Shortly after Susanna’s death, Ali B and his family returned to Iraq, but he was caught a few days later in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and returned to Germany by federal police.

The prosecution accused the Iraqi refugee of strangling Susanna to cover up the rape. He acted in a cold-blooded, purposeful and malicious manner, they said. Ali B admitted to killing the 14-year-old girl at the start of the trial, but he denied the rape. The defendant apologized to Susanna’s mother in his closing address to the court. Ali B faces trial in another case for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. This trial will not be held in public.

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