The murdered daughter of an EU official in Germany may see justice thanks to an Apple app.
Hussein Khavari, an Afghan migrant to Germany, is on trial in the city of Feiburg for the October 2016 rape and murder of 19 year old Maria Ladenburger.
Khavari has admitted to raping and killing Ladenburger, who was a medical student and daughter of a legal advisor to the European Commission in Brussels, but says the death was an accident.
Khavari lied to authorities and said he was 17 years old when he entered Germany in order to be given asylum as an “unaccompanied minor.” He is, in fact, 34 years old, says his father.
Khavari’s dental records show he is between 22 and 29 years old, but his father, who lives in Iran, disputes this and says he was born in 1984.
According to the Daily Mail, on the night of the murder Khavari originally claimed he was intoxicated and leaving a bar when he met Ladenburger. She had fallen off her bike and Khavari claimed he pressed her mouth closed and choked her with a scarf.
“When I saw how pretty she was, I wanted to have sex with her,” he said, but claims he was too drunk to do so.
New information presented in court this week indicated that a pre-installed health app on Khavari’s iPhone, which measures steps and other physical activity, showed “strenuous activity” at the time of Ladenburger’s murder.
Prosecutors revealed data recorded by the app was consistent with movements and elevation correlating ‘to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up,’ the police, which recreated the actions using the app, told the BBC.
Ladenburger’s body was found in the Dreisam River, less than a mile from the student housing where she lived.
Following the migrant’s arrest, it was revealed he had been sentenced to ten years for attempted murder in the Greek island of Corfu in 2013 before he came to Germany in 2015 as an “un accompanied minor.”
In the wave of over a million migrants welcomed into the country by Angela Merkel’s administration, Germany authorities let him into the country as a registered asylum seeker.
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