Cou­ple on trial for rape and mur­der of China stu­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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