Iranian Honor Killing in Hamburg

There are no details yet on the motive for this knife murder in Hamburg, but referring to it as an “honor killing” seems a safe bet at this point.

Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this news report, Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is a press release from the Hamburg police, also translated by Egri:

POL-HH: 171214-3. Homicide in Hamburg-Bramfeld

14.12.2017 — 17:29

Hamburg (ots) — date of crime: 14.12.2017 scene of crime: Hamburg-Bramfeld, Mützendorpsteed

A 35-year old Iranian was found before noon today in her apartment by police officers, gravely injured. She succumbed to her injuries shortly thereafter in the hospital. The homicide division (LKA 41) is leading the investigations.

According to the current state of investigations, a 43-year-old Iranian rang his neighbor’s doorbell, handed his daughter to the neighbor, and asked him to call the police.

The arriving police officers then found a gravely injured woman in the apartment of the Iranian. She was immediately taken to hospital, but succumbed to her injuries there shortly afterwards.

The 43-year-old who is the suspect was found injured, too. He was taken to hospital to treat his injuries as an in-patient. There he is under police surveillance. His injuries are not life-threatening.

For the time being, it is as yet unclear in what relationship the victim stood with the suspect.

After initial investigations, both were living together with their mutual daughter in the apartment in Hamburg-Bramfeld.

The 1-year-old child was taken into custody and is being taken care of by the crisis intervention team of the German Red Cross.

The investigations of the LKA 41, especially into the backgrounds of the deed and the course of events, are ongoing.

Translator’s note:

According to NDR (public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk), the woman was stabbed, and the father already came under investigations for dangerous battery earlier this year.

Video transcript:

00:00   Apparently, an argument preceded the deadly drama.
00:04   When it escalated, it seems the partner of the murdered victim
00:07   grabbed a knife and stabbed the 35-year-old.
00:11   At 11:09 AM today, the police received a call from a neighbor:
00:15   His neighbor had brought a child, thrust it into his hands,
00:20   and said to call the police, and the neighbor did so.
00:25   The officers who then inspected the apartment
00:29   found the mother of the child gravely injured, lifeless, in the apartment,
00:35   and the father of the child badly injured, too.
00:38   Paramedics tried to revive the woman at the scene.
00:42   But she died from her grave injuries only shortly thereafter in the hospital.
00:47   The homicide department of course immediately began investigations.
00:50   They and the Hamburg Prosecutor now have clear indications
00:55   that the father of the child is indeed suspected of the deed
00:58   of killing his partner in the apartment.
01:02   This is the current state of investigations.
01:06   According to reports that are yet to be verified, the woman’s partner,
01:10   after he handed over the mutual daughter to the neighbor uninjured,
01:13   attempted to kill himself. There was no
01:16   danger to the 43-year-old’s life, however.
01:19   Since last July there have been criminal investigations against the father for dangerous battery.
01:24   It is unknown whether the charges were for domestic violence.
01:29   Tomorrow is the daughter’s second birthday. The youth welfare office has taken her into custody.
01:34   Since it appears that she was present in the apartment during the deed,
01:37   experts from the crisis intervention team of the Red Cross are taking care of her.