Couple on trial for rape and murder of China student
A GERMAN couple has gone on trial accused of brutally raping and killing a Chinese student in eastern Germany – a crime that caused outrage in both countries.
The 21-year-old defendants are believed to have lured the 25-year-old architecture student, who had gone jogging in the city of Dessau, to an apartment in May this year.
The pair, called “Sebastian F.” and “Xenia I.” in local media reports, then allegedly raped the woman repeatedly, leaving her with such severe injuries that they assumed she would die in the flat, prosecutors said.
When the couple returned hours later and found the victim, identified in media reports as Li Yangjie, still alive, they carried the severely wounded woman away and abandoned her in underbrush.
After friends in Germany and China alerted the authorities that she was missing, police organised a search for the woman, who was from Henan province. Her corpse was found two days later.
An autopsy found she had suffered blows to the head, torso and extremities.
Sebastian F is also accused of two other rapes committed in the summer of 2013 in Dessau which only came to light in the course of the other investigation. –