She tied him to bed and pressed chain­saw to his chest, court told

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A MAN died af­ter his girl­friend tied him to the bed and sawed him in half with a CHAIN­SAW dur­ing sex.

On a win­ter night in late 2008, Gabriele Prinz and Alex Hapse were bonk­ing in their Mu­nich flat.

Mr Hapse, 28, had pulled a pair of diver’s gog­gles cov­ered in duct tape over his eyes, so he couldn’t see, a mur­der trial was told.

At some point dur­ing the in­ter­course, he asked his girl­friend to tie him down. But af­ter she had bound him to the bed frame, Prinz reached for a chain­saw which was ly­ing nearby.

She re­moved the safety catch and pressed it to her boyfriend’s chest. He died from the in­juries.

For months his body lay where he had been killed. The 23-year-old trainee teacher cut his head off with the saw, pulled a sheet over the body and never went back into the room, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion.

It was only when she took her new boyfriend home six months later that he found the dis­mem­bered body.


But in­stead of in­form­ing the author­i­ties, he en­listed the help of a friend and car­ried the pieces down into the gar­den, where they were buried.

The vic­tim’s fos­ter par­ents be­came wor­ried when they didn’t hear from him and em­ployed a pri­vate de­tec­tive to track him down.

But they heard a ru­mour that he had gone to Ro­ma­nia with a new girl­friend and wanted to break off con­tact with his en­tire fam­ily.

An ap­par­ent sight­ing in 2010 also ap­peared to con­vince author­i­ties that Mr Hapse was still alive.

Only in Fe­bru­ary 2016 did po­lice dis­cover his re­mains, act­ing on a tip-off they had re­ceived weeks ear­lier.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have spo­ken to wit­nesses who said Prinz threw her boyfriend out of MUR­DER CHARGE: Trainee teacher Gabriele Prinz the house af­ter an ar­gu­ment, but he per­suaded her to let him move back in.

The pros­e­cu­tion al­leges that it was at this point Prinz de­cided to mur­der him.

But her de­fence say the act was not pre­med­i­tated and claims that the chain­saw lay in the bed­room as the cou­ple were un­der­tak­ing ren­o­va­tion work.

The de­fence ar­gues that the at­tack was an im­pul­sive “act of des­per­a­tion” – a crime that does not con­sti­tute mur­der.

The case continues.

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