A murder trial has heard how a failed asylum seeker in Germany, butchered his beautiful refugee helper girlfriend known as the ‘Angel of Ahaus’ after she broke off their relationship.
Nigerian Anthony I, 28, killed student, Soopika Paramanathan, 22, out of jealousy, said prosecutors at a court in Muenster. Anthony bought a large suitcase in which he intended to stuff her body and dump it into a lake after he stabbed her repeatedly in the street.
The accused refused to speak at the first day of his trial yesterday where judges heard how he came to Germany in 2015 claiming to be a homosexual who had fought against the Boko Haram terror group in his homeland.
Both claims were false. In the town of Ahaus, he met Soopika, who spent all her spare time helping out refugees like him at a local asylum seekers’ home. They met in August last year and became lovers.
But Soopika ended the relationship after just a few weeks – a rejection that Anthony was unable to handle. ‘He could not bear the thought of her going with another man,’ said the prosecution.
He lay in wait for her in February this year after she visited a friend’s house in Ahaus. With a long bladed knife he leapt upon her, stabbing her repeatedly in the head, neck and breasts.
Police chief, Herbert Mengelkamp, quickly focused in on Anthony, whose asylum application was in the process of being rejected by authorities. Her father Sivasamboo, 53, said; ‘She felt threatened by him and was fearful in the days before the attack.’
He tried to stuff her body into the blue suitcase at the crime scene but fled when passersby saw him. He fled to Switzerland but was caught two days later by police at Basel railway station. He is facing life imprisonment when an expected guilty verdict is handed down on September 20.