Iraqi man, 25, who stabbed his girlfriend to death and tried to cut her head off after she turned down his marriage proposals is jailed for life in Germany

  • Zyad S. 25, killed his girlfriend Fatemeh B., 28, with a 6-inch-long meat knife
  • The Iraqi born man killed the Iranian woman in Germany on February 16, 2019
  • He pleaded manslaughter and was sentenced to a 12 year prison sentence
  • But this was deemed too lenient by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (BGH)
  • The BGH ordered a retrial and Zyad was sentenced to life in prison on Dec. 20 

An Iraqi man who murdered his Iranian girlfriend with a 6-inch long (15cm) knife and tried to cut her head off after she turned down his marriage proposals has been jailed for life.

The defendant, who has been named only as Zyad S., 25, was on trial in Germany over the death of his girlfriend Fatemeh B., 28, who he stabbed with a meat knife on February 16, 2019.

He received the life sentence on December 20 at a retrial of the case, after an initial 12-year sentence for manslaughter was deemed too lenient by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (BGH).

Zyad S. will only be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Judge Gesine Brunkow told the court that a deep cut found on the woman’s neck ‘suggests the impression of attempted decapitation’.

Fatemeh B., a 28 year old Iranian woman living in Germany, was slaughtered with a meat knife by her boyfriend Zyad S. in 2019.

The defendant, who has been named only as Zyad S., 25, was on trial in Germany over the death of his girlfriend Fatemah B., 28, who he stabbed with a meat knife on February 16, 2019. He received the life sentence on December 20 at a retrial of the case, after an initial 12-year sentence for manslaughter was deemed too lenient by prosecutors.

The court heard how Fatemeh, who had only been in a relationship with Zyad for three months prior to her death, was subject to controlling behaviour and had refused her boyfriend’s marriage proposals. 

‘[The victim] loved freedom and wanted to try it out,’ said the judge, telling the defendant during sentencing that he ‘massively controlled’ Fatemeh. 

After coming to the conclusion that his girlfriend would never accept his proposals, Zyad decided to kill her instead.  

On the evening of February 16, 2019, Zyad lured Fatemeh into his car, where he had concealed a 15cm long meat knife. 

He drove Fatemeh into the countryside and down a dirt road where he murdered her. 

She was found with 34 knife wounds and severe lacerations on her neck. 

The defendant admitted to stabbing Fatemeh but pleaded manslaughter, saying that he did so out of jealousy because the victim had deliberately provoked him.  

Fatemeh’s father Kheirollah, 60, and sister Sara, 24, expressed disgust earlier this year upon Zyad’s initial conviction for manslaughter, saying that he should never be let out of prison. 

‘[The victim] loved freedom and wanted to try it out,’ said the judge, telling the defendant during sentencing that he ‘massively controlled’ Fatemeh (pictured)

At Fatemeh’s funeral in 2019, the pastor spoke of a fun-loving young Iranian woman, who had arrived in Germany three years prior without her family. 

The pastor said: ‘Your friends here were like family to you.’ 

Fatemeh was studying German with only one thought in mind: to find a job and to work, according to German paper Bild.

At the beginning of the trial, the prosecutors requested life imprisonment for murder, while the defence pleaded manslaughter and requested an eight-year prison sentence. 

The Luebeck Regional Court decided to convict the accused of manslaughter instead of murder, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison as the court found the accused acted ‘deliberately, but not insidiously.’

The decision was overturned earlier this week in favour of a life sentence, with possibility for parole only after 15 years. 

 

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