Honour killing story

Ulla N.
born: 1968
burned: 5/6 October 2013
Residence: Berlin-Charlottenburg
Provenance: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Cuba
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Jorge Q. (51 years)
Is this case an honour killing or not? First of all, it's a crime within a relationship. The perpetrator is a Cuban programmer named Jorge, who works in Munich on weekdays with an Italian passport. He probably got his Italian passport by marrying an Italian woman. He raids the shared apartment in Berlin at night, pours gasoline on his partner and sets her on fire. The victim, Ulla N., is a teacher at a school.

This act stands out because of his brutality: Ulla flees burning and falls into the stairwell. A neighbour tries to come to her rescue, but the woman burns alive. A few hours later, Jorge reports himself to the police.

The following indications are in the press: The two had been together for 8 years, and Ulla on the other hand gave courses in natural medicine. Later jealousy is mentioned as a motive. This is possible, but does not necessarily indicate an honour killing. It would only be an honour killing if the perpetrator is firmly convinced that he has a right to the woman and if necessary must enforce this right with murder.

In June 2014, Jorge will be sentenced to life imprisonment and the particular seriousness of the guilt will be established. Interesting detail: He stated that he "only wanted to burn his girlfriend". A police officer testified that the perpetrator wanted to make her "ugly" so that she would stay with him.

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