- Hussein Khavari is being detained over the murder of Maria Ladenburger, 19
- He has previously been sentenced to 10 years for pushing a woman off a cliff in Corfu in 2014
- It is unclear why he was released from youth detention early
- Maria Ladenburger was killed in October in Freiburg, Germany
A teenaged Afghan Muslim accused of raping and murdering a young medical student in Germany had tried to kill once before, it emerged today.
Maria Ladenburger, 19, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was killed in Freiburg in October
Stern magazine reported that Hussein Khavari, 17, had thrown a 20-year-old student off a cliff on Corfu, Greece, in May 2013.
The woman was severely injured but ‘miraculously’ survived and was able to identify her attacker.
Khavari, who sits in detention in Germany after his DNA linked him to the October sex killing of Maria Ladenburger, 19, in Freiburg, was given a 10 year jail term by a Greek court.
Khavari told his lawyer that he ‘regretted’ what had happened. The magazine added: ‘Why the Greek justice system early on let him out of jail, if he pushed her off, is thus far unclear.’
Bild newspaper in Germany showed a picture of Khavari that he took of himself days before the attack on Maria to Maria-Eleni Nikolopoulou, his Greek lawyer in the trial in 2014.
Hussein Khavari, 17, threw a 20-year-old student off a cliff on Corfu, Greece, in May 2013
Her reaction: ‘This is the same person, definitely. I’m speechless.’
The Greek victim plunged 25 feet down the cliff face. Authorities said she only survived because, as a keen amateur mountain climber, she knew how to protect her head during the plunge.
The attack came after Khavari had been drinking in a bar. The Greek history student told said she had been walking home when ‘he was suddenly in front of me. I gave him my purse. But when the headlights of a car him he pushed me backwards.’
In a further interview with the Greek TV channel Alfa in 2014 she went on; ‘Then he grabbed me at the hips and legs, lifted me up and threw me down the cliff.’
In February 2014 he was sentenced to 10 years in jail. But he was placed in youth detention and it remains unclear why he was freed so soon into his term.
Police in Freiburg have confirmed they are in contact with the authorities in Greece.
Khavari pitched up in Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied minor. Police say he ambushed Maria as she rode her bicycle home in the early hours of the morning, raped and then drowned her in a river.
Ironically Maria – daughter of a high-ranking EU official – worked part time between her studies in helping out migrants in the city but police have still not said if he met her the night before her ended her life.
The killing triggered an outpouring of hatred over refugees.´The rising tide of public anger makes it increasingly harder for Angela Merkel – who will seek a fourth term in power in the general election next year – to justify setting no ceiling on the numbers of refugees who may yet arrive.
Currently there are well over one million in the country, several hundred of whom are said by intelligence agencies to be sleeprs for the terrorist group Islamic State.