A man in Brandenburg who suspected his wife of infidelity stabbed her 19 times, threw her out of a window, and then cut her throat all the way through. But the verdict was manslaughter rather than murder, because — for cultural reasons — the man did not understand that he had “base motives”.
Such is the state of “justice” in Modern Multicultural Germany.
Cottbus: 19 stab wounds, thrown out of the window, throat cut
(Photo caption: Rashid D. [pixelated, not shown] in court. The 32-year-old murdered his wife and now faces 13 years in prison.)
June 9, 2017
Because he thought she was unfaithful, a man stabbed the mother of his five children, threw her out of the window, and then cut her throat completely through. The court decided against maximum penalty. For a reason.
In the trial for a lethal marital quarrel, the regional court Cottbus sentenced the defendant to 13 years in prison, as the Lausitzer Rundschau reports online.
32-year-old Rashid D. admitted that he had stabbed his wife with a knife after an argument over alleged unfaithfulness. According to the autopsy report, he stabbed his wife in their apartment in Senftenberg (Brandenburg) a total of 19 times and by doing so injured the 25-year-old so gravely that she would have died of her injuries.
But D. additionally pushed his wife out of the bathroom window on the second floor. A visitor who happened to be in the house accidentally, and who was a witness in the trial, had to watch, right in front of the door, as the husband hurried downstairs and cut his wife’s throat.
“Pushed her until she finally fell out”
Other neighbours describe dramatic scenes during the trial, according to local media: “The woman was bracing herself against the window frame, but the man kept pushing until she fell out”, another witness from the apartment complex describes what he saw. The woman was screaming.
With the verdict, the court slightly falls behind the prosecution’s demand. The prosecution initially pressed charges for murder, but then, in their plea, demanded only 14 years jail for manslaughter. D.’s attorney had demanded ten years jail time, and saying that in his view the defendant was exonerated by various details.
According to the attorney Klaus Kleemann, the 32-year-old had been consuming crystal meth that day in November 2016. And there was a quarrel, because he suspected that his wife had an affair and wanted to leave him. So the deed was done on impulse. He also mentioned, as exoneration for his client, that he had witnessed a severe attack in Chechnya, and had been suffering head and back pain since. As a consequence of the traumatic experience, the defendant had been abusing drugs and pain medication.
Base motives — did the defendant see that too?
The couple from Chechnya had applied for asylum; the family came to Germany in May 2016. Their asylum application was not granted, and they were scheduled for deportation in October.
But it could not be carried out, because Rashid D. was not in the apartment that day, but staying with friends. The family lived in isolation and mostly without social interaction in the town in southern Brandenburg, it is stated.
The Chief Judge explains in his grounds for the judgment that the man had assumed that his wife was having an affair with a friend of the family, and that he therefore killed her. This was, objectively, and according to local values, a base motive, and a characteristic of murder. But the chamber doubted that the man realized the baseness of his motives. Therefore, the verdict was manslaughter.
Another witness — a policewoman who was at the crime scene after the fatal cuts — testified, according to the Lausitzer Rundschau, that the man had explained to her, “when a woman cheats, then the man has the right to kill her”. This was the law in Chechnya, and was written as such in the Koran.
The couple’s five children are living with relatives, back in Chechnya again, according to the Lausitzer Rundschau. According to one media report, Rashid D. repeatedly attempted to kill himself in jail.