- Hussein Khavari jailed for life for rape and murder of Maria Ladenburger, 19
- The medical student was killed in Freiburg, Germany in October 2016
- Bogus refugee originally claimed to be just 17 years old – his father says he’s 34
- He will serve an indeterminate sentence because of the brutality of his crime
An Afghan asylum seeker who raped and murdered the daughter of a top EU official has been sentenced to life in jail in Germany today.
Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, was found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg.
At the time of the murder, Khavari claimed to be 17, but testing on his teeth showed him to be between 22 and 29 years old. His own father later claimed he is 34.
Khavari’s full identity is still protected in Germany because of the country’s strict privacy laws.
Presiding judge Kathrin Schenk condemned Khavari’s extreme ‘lack of empathy’ as she handed down the maximum sentence of life in prison, which under German law means 15 years behind bars.
Once the 15 years are up, Khavari, who was handcuffed and wearing a black hooded jumper in court today, may be ordered to remain in ‘security detention’ if he is still deemed to pose a threat to society.
Speaking in court during his trial, Khavari recalled how he had smoked hashish the night he ambushed the 19-year-old in October 2016, raped her and drowned her in the knee-deep water of a nearby river.
He said the night of the killing he was so drunk he was ejected from a bar and left alone by his friends in town.
He claims he accidentally came across Ms Ladenburger, who shouted out as she fell from her bicycle. He said he pressed her mouth shut then choked her with a scarf and put her unconscious into the water.
‘When I saw how pretty she was, I wanted to have sex with her,’ he said, but claims he was too drunk.
He broke down in court and added: ‘I want to apologize to the family of Maria’.