Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A Romanian man has been jailed for life in Germany after he refused to accept that his beautiful surgeon girlfriend had dumped him – and stabbed her to death in the courtyard of her home.
Elena Silvia Konnerth, 35, who was also Romanian and had moved to Germany from the Romanian city of Ploesti after qualifying as a surgeon was found dead in the courtyard of her house in the German city of Fulda in the state of Hessen on 7th December 2020.
The woman’s lifeless body was found at 8 am after the suspect attacked the woman when she was returning from her night shift.
The court accepted that her former lover named Florian C., 31, had followed her from work after stalking her which included calling her 117 times on the night of the murder.
The prosecutors said that the main cause of death was a fatal blow to her neck after which she either suffocated or bled to death.
He was detained a couple of hours after the murder after police officers found traces of blood on his shoes, clothes, and in his car.
A knife was also found in the garden where the incident happened, however, no traces of blood or DNA were found on it.
Elena Silvia was a full-time surgeon at the Herz-Jesu Hospital in the city of Fulda for 11 years and a young mother of a toddler son named Damian, aged two.
As well as been jailed for life, where he can only be even considered for parole after 15 years, he was also ordered to pay EUR 15,000 to her son and EUR 10,000 to her mother.
Making the ruling the judge said there was no alternative other than life as there were especially severe circumstances which would mean it is unlikely he will be released even after 15 years when he is first eligible for parole.
They said it was clear that he had never accepted the fact that she had dumped him, and attacked out of jealousy because he was not prepared to let go.
Her colleagues said that Elena Silvia was an extremely appreciated and dedicated professional who maintained friendly relationships her patients.
The head of the hospital in Fulda Michael Sammet where Elena Silvia worked said: “We lost an extremely caring and appreciated colleague. Her early death leaves us speechless.”
Another colleague followed up: “It’s just terrible. We are shocked and can’t believe what happened. Elena was so loving with the patients.”
In addition, Fulda Feminist Initiative spokesperson Aileen Huck claimed in the courtroom: “The murder of Elena Silvia Konnerth was a femicide.”
According to her, the victim had filed a complaint against her ex in advance for bodily harm, insults and stalking.
Huck said the police’s reaction was late “especially regarding the Istanbul Conventions (the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence).”
The verdict can be appealed and the defence has already indicated that they will challenge the conviction.
In addition, the custody of Elena Silvia’s two-year-old son Damian given to the boy’s grandmother.