For the public prosecutor’s office it was a planned revenge killing. The trial of Edris Z. who is said to have killed a young mother in April in the Auwald forest started today, Wednesday, at the Leipzig Regional Court.The refugee aid worker had previously denounced the Afghan-born man under the Protection Against Violence Act – apparently this was her death sentence!
Hiding his face behind a file folder, Edris Z. enters the courtroom in the morning. Four police officers guard him. In front of the courthouse, almost 100 people demonstrate simultaneously against femicide – the political term for the killing of women for their sex.
Without a word, the Afghan, who emigrated to Germany with his parents in 1995, takes a seat next to his lawyers. In 2006, former Saxon Prime Minister Georg Milbradt (75, Christian Democratic Union) called the accused an “ambassador of Saxony” as a prime example of successful integration and granted him German citizenship in 2015.
Flashback: In the morning of April 8, Myriam Z. (37 years old) changed her sling, carefully put her two and a half month old daughter Ava in it and went for a walk in the southern Auwald forest.
According to the prosecution, Edris Z. also was staying there. Not by chance. But having a hammer in his backpack and the plan to kill a human being.
Edris and Myriam were once a couple. Both worked as social workers in the refugee aid department. It is said that the young Afghan never got over the fact that the self-confident woman eventually separated from him. According to the investigations, Edris Z. has been stalking his ex-girlfriend ever since.
And he became violent: In August 2018, when Edris Z. saw Myriam in the company of another man, he allegedly attacked him.The prosecution mentions a wild biting attack, and the accused is also alleged to have attempted to gouge out the eyes of the migrant rival (25 years old) with his fingernails. The victim suffered severe injuries to his eyeballs, bite wounds all over his body, and a piece of his ear was also missing afterwards.
Myriam then reported the stalker to the police and obtained a ban on approach against Edris Z. via the Protection Against Violence Act.
Apparently this was her death sentence. In the murder charge, the prosecution assumes that Z. killed his ex-girlfriend to punish her for reporting him to the police.
The stalker approached the young mother from behind and smashed her skull with a hammer.
Even when Myriam fell to the ground, lay protectively over her baby and therefore had no hand to protect her head, the accused is said to have continued to beat her. At least ten blows, four of them on the head, are listed by the prosecution with reference to the forensic medical examination.
Two days after the violent crime, Myriam died of her severe injuries in hospital. The trial will continue next Wednesday.