A young couple face life behind bars for brutally stabbing a beautiful blogger to death in a bizarre attempt to start a new life in Germany.
The accused killers had specially selected blogger Khadidja O. for death because of her amazing resemblance to one of her murders, Shahraban K.
Prosecutors say the pair – Shahraban K. and boyfriend Sheqir K., both 24 – stabbed their 23-year-old victim more than 50 times after luring her to a meeting.
The sick couple aimed many of the slashes and stab wounds at her face, apparently to make it easier to fool any investigation.
A court in Ingolstadt, Bavaria State, heard how they believed they could pass off their victim’s body as Shahraban K. so she could escape her strict Iraqi family.
The killer couple – said prosecutors – had been contacting random girls on social media who looked enough like Shahraban K. to convince a coroner.
State Prosecutor Veronika Grieser told local media on 31st August: “We have determined that the female suspect had decided to go into hiding due to family-internal arguments.
“She wanted to fake her own death and start a new life.”
On 9th August last year (2022) the killers sent their victim a message via social media offering her the opportunity to be in a video for German rapper Lune.
The coldblooded pair – who named their fake account ‘lunee.officiel’ – told her: “You don’t have to do much. Would be great to hear from you. Would take place in Offenburg.”
And they added: “Must be kept a secret though until the song is released.”
But Khadidja grew suspicious and sent a message to the star’s official account. Lune replied saying: “It’s fake, sis. Don’t reply!”
Just two days later, the defendants used another Instagram account to get in touch.
Prosecutor Grieser said: “This time, they offered a beauty treatment which would come free of charge if their victim advertised it on social media.”
They agreed to meet in Eppingen, the victim’s hometown, according to the prosecutor.
The killers picked Khadidja up in a Mercedes.
Grieser said: “They drove towards Ingolstadt but asked the 23-year-old to get out of the car in a forest.”
The prosecutor added: “She was hit on the head at least once and then stabbed 56 times.”
Police Spokesman Andreas Aichele explained: “Her face was seriously injured with the more than 50 knife stabs.“
The killers put their victim’s body back into the car and abandoned the vehicle just a few blocks from where Shahraban K. lived in Ingolstadt.
Her horrified parents discovered the victim’s body in the Mercedes later that day and assumed it was their daughter.
Shahraban and Sheqir were tracked down and arrested after forensic examinations and a check of the victim’s tattoos revealed her true identity.
Prosecutors – who plan to question 190 witnesses in court – charged the duo with murder following extensive DNA checks and the investigation of social media and mobile phone records.
The pair are being held in custody and their full trial is expected to start shortly.
Neither of them have ever made a statement or commented on the accusations.