Honour killing story: Ana (2015)

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Ana
born: 1981
attempted murder: 22 December 2015
Residence: Kaltenkirchen (near Hamburg)
Origin: unclear
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: unclear, probably from the family
Maybe this act is not an honour killing, and maybe this case does not belong in this archive.

In the first instance, it is "only" an attempted murder: on December 22, 2015, Ana takes her garbage can from the street to the courtyard of the house. An unsub approaches from behind, pours flammable liquid over her and sets her on fire. She comes to a special clinic with burns and survives.

The perpetrator is on the run. Initially it is said that the crime took place in the Russian environment, but the police say: "We are talking about German citizens". Later it is said - probably from the neighbourhood - that it is about "a different cultural background, in which it is better not to interfere". Then there are the rumours that they are Chechens.

Ana is not the real name of the woman. We would be very happy with clues!

If it turns out that there is no honor motive, we will, of course, remove the case from the archive again.

Honour killing story: Marget and Katrin

Honour killing story

Marget and Katrin
born: 1982, 1981
Stabbed to death: 4 January 2015
Residence: Lüneburg
Origin: Iraq / Kurds / Jesides
Children: Marget 3, Katrin 2
Perpetrator: Marget's husband Ziad Karnous (37 years)
It is likely that Ziad came to Germany as a refugee from Iraq around 2003. He marries his cousin (not 1st degree) Marget Karnous and takes her name. They have three children (8, 9, 11 years old). Even after 11 years in Germany, Ziad speaks only broken German. He works as a kitchen helper. The family is inconspicuous until the crime.

Marget and Ziad are Yazidi. But Marget wants to divorce and become a Christian.

On 4 January 2015, Marget's friend Katrin, who is active in a Protestant free church, will be with her. Ziad stabs her to intimidate his wife. She probably refuses to return to him. She calls for help. Then he stabs her too. During the crime, the three children are with family members.

The neighbors hear the screams and call the police. Ziad is on the run. The police are looking for him all over Europe.

Apparently the perpetrator also has a different passport than Ziad Haji Rascho, his Iraqi name. There is also an earlier date of birth. Ziad pretended to be a minor when he entered Germany.

Almost 3 weeks after the crime, Ziad is arrested in Hamburg and charged with double murder. He confesses to the crime. In May 2015 the trial starts at the Lüneburg District Court.

In September, the twofold murderer is sentenced to life imprisonment. The particular seriousness of the guilt is established.

In December 2016, the Federal Supreme Court decided that the trial should be reopened.

In October 2017, the first verdict is confirmed: Life imprisonment. The court confirms that the defendant has not made any integration achievements in Germany in 15 years.

Honour killing story: Katharina

Honour killing story

Katharina
born: 1972
attempted murder: 15 September 2015
Residence: Bensheim (near Darmstadt)
Origin: Sri Lanka / Tamil
Children: 2 daughters (5 and 11 years)
Perpetrator: her husband Annalatas S. (47 years)
Annalatas comes to Germany in 1992 as a refugee from Sri Lanka. His parents gave him a wife from his homeland in 2005. Because of the unclear residence status (and perhaps also because of his behaviour) Katharina probably lives temporarily in France. After the birth of her second daughter she came to Germany and quickly learned good German, unlike him. He works at McDonald's, she takes care of the two daughters.

The marriage is violent, at least one case from 2013 is registered. Katharina wants a divorce. In September 2015 there will be another dispute. Annalatas wants to push a butcher's knife in front of their daughter into the stomach of his wife. She defends herself, he cuts her head in. Later, the coroner will explain that it is a miracle that she survived. The perpetrator flees through the window, but is arrested almost immediately.

In April 2016 the trial in the court of Darmstadt for attempted murder begins. Katharina applied for divorce, but does not testify in court.

In May, Annalatas is sentenced to 5 years and 3 months imprisonment. A high alcohol content during the crime has a soothing effect. The judge points out that the Tamil does not regret his crime. He does not want an emancipated woman.

Honour killing story: Diana K.

Honour killing story

Diana K.
born: 1987
Stabbed to death: 13 September 2015
Residence: Munich
Origin: Bulgaria / possibly Roma
Children: 1 son (2 years)
Perpetrator: Angel R. (38), her sister's ex-boyfriend
Angel first has an affair with Diana in Bulgaria. Then he decides to choose for a relationship with her younger sister Snezhana (26 years). They have 2 children (born about 2009 and 2012). Angel is violent. Later he will claim in court that in Bulgaria it is normal to beat up your own wife.

The father of the family receives from the EU a loan of 150,000 euros for agriculture. The company goes bankrupt. The family will come from Bulgaria to Germany in 2013.

Snezhana separates in the spring of 2014. He starts stalking her, so in the summer of 2015 she flees with the children to a women's shelter. Angel gets a restraining order, but he doesn't stick to it. For the summer alone, 6 violations have been registered.

The court cannot issue the arrest warrant because the stalker does not have a fixed address. This may indicate a Roma background. Also that he is married to Snezhana on the one hand, on the other hand it is said that the marriage is not valid before the law. It is possible that it is a Roma marriage.

On September 13, 2015, Angel will be at a pizzeria in Munich where his ex-girlfriend works. Her sister Diana and her boyfriend will confront him. Angel then stabs Diana in the middle of the street. Snezhana's children (3 and 6 years old) may be present, who are cared for by her sister.

The perpetrator flees, but gets caught 2 days later.

In January 2017 the trial in the Munich court will begin. In March Angel is sentenced to 12 years and 6 months imprisonment for manslaughter.

Honour killing story: Vanessa Münstermann

Honour killing story

Vanessa Münstermann
born: 1989
Acid throwing: 15 February 2016
Residence: Hannover
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrators Brazil
Children: the perpetrator has 1 son with another woman
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Daniel F. (32 years)
Vanessa is a beautician from Hanover. She works at her adoptive parents' gas station. On February 14, 2016, she files a complaint against her ex-boyfriend Daniel for sexual assault and stalking. The officers address him in an admonishing manner.

The next morning Vanessa takes her dog out early. Her ex-boyfriend lurks in front of her and pours sulphuric acid on her face. A woman hears the screams and calls an ambulance. Vanessa falls into a coma.

Vanessa is in a coma for 12 days and will be operated on 20 times. One ear is missing, one eye is almost completely destroyed, her left half of her face is mutilated forever.

In August 2016, the trial will take place at the Hanover District Court. Co-prisoners report that Daniel is bragging about his crime and threatens to cut his girlfriend open.

Daniel was born in Brazil and adopted in Germany. His adoptive parents are doctors. His profession is referred to as a fitness trainer. A woman from Hildesheim has a son with her who was born in 2014. There are eight cases of violence from this time.

At the end of August, the perpetrator was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for inflicting serious bodily harm. Daniel accepts the sentence in court. Later, he wrote a letter saying that he wanted 15 years' imprisonment. It is quite possible that he only expected more suffering for Vanessa from the revision. The case was rejected by the Federal Constitutional Court in April 2017.

The question remains whether this case is an honour crime. The motive lies in a mixture of exaggerated vanity, jealousy and general violence against women. An Islamic honour motive is lacking. Acid attacks are common in honour killings (in addition to stabbing/butchering). The man demonstrates his right to the woman. She is his own and shouldn't belong to anyone else.

Honour killing story: Hyusine A.

Honour killing story

Hyusine A.
born: 1977
beaten to death: 21 June 2014
Residence: Berlin-Neukölln
Origin: Bulgaria or Turkey
Children: 2
Perpetrator: Ibrahim A. (43 years)
Hyusine and Ibrahim have been married for 23 years. They live in Berlin-Neukölln and have 2 children together.

In the early morning of 21 June 2014 Hyusine is still asleep. Ibrahim comes to her bed and hits her head with a hammer. The blows are already fatal. He also stabs her in the chest with a knife.

Afterwards Ibrahim goes to an acquaintance and confesses the deed. Together they go to the crime scene. The acquaintance calls the police. Ibrahim flees, but is later arrested near the crime scene.

The trial before the Court of Berlin will begin in December 2014. Ibrahim does not want to remember the crime. After that, the reporting was stopped. It is possible that the perpetrator will be sent to a psychiatric ward.

Honour killing story: Asma

Honour killing story

Asma
born: 1989
Murder: 14 November 2016
Residence: Senftenberg (Lausitz)
Origin: Chechnya
Children: 5
Perpetrator: her husband Rashid D. (31 years)
Asma is 27 years old, comes from Chechnya in May 2016 and has 5 children with her husband Rashid. The family applies for asylum and lives in Senftenberg, Brandenburg, in an apartment building inhabited by refugees.

On November 14, 2016, Rashid stabbed his wife with a knife more than 20 times. Then he throws her out of the window of the second floor. She falls 6 meters down. Because she is still alive after the blow, the man cuts her throat with a knife. Asma dies at the scene of the crime. The perpetrator has been arrested.

During this time the 5 children sleep in the apartment. They are taken under the care of the Youth Care Office. Later they came to relatives in Chechnya. They are probably taught there that their father had the right to kill their mother.

In June 2017, Rashid is sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for manslaughter. It is said that there were motives for murder. However, it is questionable whether the perpetrator was aware of this. Because he was "arrested because of his Muslim faith, which he had followed all his life". He came from a Chechen village, where it was obvious that women were killed in certain cases of misconduct. According to the verdict, which is considered scandalous, it is not the public prosecutor who appeals, but the defence. The verdict can therefore no longer be challenged. In addition, it appears that Rashid should have been deported a month before the crime was committed. But the officials hadn't found him in his apartment. The real name of the victim is not known.

Honour killing story: Delali Assigbley

Honour killing story

Delali Assigbley
born: 1978
burned: 7 December 2016
Location: Kronshagen near Kiel
Origin: Togo
Children: 2 sons (3 and 7 years)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Koffi W. (41 years)
It is possible that this murder was not committed because of the honour. It is said that the perpetrator suffered from delusions. On the other hand, he was discharged from a clinic with the diagnosis that there was no danger to others. Either the diagnosis was too optimistic, or there is a motive of honour. Or a mixture of situations.

The act: Delali and her husband come from Togo to Germany in the mid-1990s, one after the other. He is an educated locksmith, she studies several semesters of pedagogy. The two have 2 children. Delila and her husband probably split up several times. On 1 January 2017 she will join the refugee commissioner of the state parliament of Schleswig-Holstein.

On December 7, 2016, her husband will pour petrol on her in the car. She flees outside, he runs after her and sets her on fire. She runs through the street. Passers-by extinguish the fire. Delali is seriously injured and comes to a special clinic.

Her husband flees the scene of the crime but is arrested by the called police officers. The children are placed in a foster family.

The victim dies a little later in the clinic.

The trial before the Kiel District Court will begin in August 2017. In the same month, the perpetrators are admitted to the psychiatric ward. According to the judge, the crime is a murder under criminal law.

Honour killing story: Claudia

Honour killing story

Claudia
born: 1977
murdered: 20 October 2016
Location: Frankfurt-Sossenheim
Origin: Victims: Germany; Offenders: Cameroon
Children: 3 (up to 4-8 years)
Perpetrator: her ex-husband Ousseini O. (47 years)
Claudia is divorced from her husband Ousseini. Apparently the two still live under one roof.

On October 20, 2016, the father of the 3 common children will take them to kindergarten and school. Then he smashes Claudia's head to pieces with an axe. In a farewell letter he mentions revenge and the claim to power as motives.

Then Ousseini drives to the centre of Frankfurt and plunges off the roof of a department store. He survives seriously injured.

If the agents want to tell the news of his suicide attempt to his wife, they will find the body of Claudia. The children are placed under the supervision of the Youth Care Office.

In August 2017 the trial in the Frankfurt court will begin. Ousseini is introduced as the son of a Cameroonian tribal king and a successful engineer or computer scientist. In August he is sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for manslaughter. Because of the "noble effect" the accusation of murder was dropped, although written hate-sowing tirades and murder fantasies had been found of him.

Honour killing story: Patrick

Honour killing story

Patrick
born: 1987
stabbed to death: 18 June 2014
Residence: Neuenburg near Freiburg
Origin: Victim: Germany; perpetrator: Lebanon
Children: probably not
Perpetrator: Akram Y. (17 years), Kurdish Lebanese, possibly with his father Mustafa (48 years)
This case can be read as a civil guard right: A man rapes a woman. Her brother kills him in revenge.

This case can also be read as honour killing: The motive is not the retaliation for the rape, but that the perpetrator saw his honour and the honour of his family contaminated. Stained by the unlawful sexual intercourse of the woman - regardless of whether she was forced or not.

He absolutely wanted to restore this honour. Interesting detail: the perpetrator is 17 years old, so he is still subject to juvenile justice. In similar cases, the youngest of a family was already chosen to commit the murder.

In the act: Patrick is known to the police for capital crimes. On 12 June he (allegedly) raped a 26-year-old woman in Mühlheim (Baden-Württemberg). The two probably knew each other a little. She indicates the man. On June 18, an arrest warrant was issued. Patrick is on the run.

But the family of the rape victim becomes active itself. Via WhatsApp they lure Patrick to a parking space. It should be a drug deal. Akram, the brother of the raped woman, and Mustafa, the father of the two, are on the lookout for him. The 17-year-old brother of the victim stabs Patrick with a knife 23 times. He dies at the scene of the crime. Another friend of the family is present.

The three perpetrators have been arrested. Their statements contradict each other. The father is Lebanese, the younger offenders probably have a German passport.

It is also conceivable that the young woman was not raped at all, but had an affair with Patrick. Then her brother and father would see this as a violation of her honour (because Patrick is a German) and would only use the alleged rape as a pretext for the crime. Somewhat annoying is also the behaviour of the (presumably) raped woman. Via Facebook she sends a declaration of love to her brother on the day of the crime and also on the days after the crime.

The lawsuit will start in April 2015 at the District Court of Freiburg. In December, father and son are sentenced for murder: the father is sentenced to life imprisonment, the son to 8 years juvenile sentence. The young man who held the victim is sentenced to 5 years. Another accomplice who had arranged the meeting is given 2 years' probation. In the reasoning for the decision, the judge mentions the restoration of the family honour as a motive.