THE trial has begun in Germany of a Pakistani asylum seeker who allegedly murdered his two-year-old daughter by slashing her throat, prosecutors have said.
Sohail A., 34, was described in a Hamburg Court as a “violent tyrant who terrorised his wife and both his children” before allegedly murdering his daughter in October last year.
The young girl, Ayesha, was left alone with him in the family apartment in the city while her mother Lubna went to the police to report an attack she had suffered by her husband.
She returned with officers to find her daughter murdered and no sign of her husband.
The court heard that the attack with a kitchen knife was so violent the toddler was “practically beheaded.”
A female murder squad detective told the judge: “Ayesha was found on a bed with the bloody knife beside her.”
The prosecutor said: “He killed her in a rage to punish his wife.”
He fled the country following the attack but was caught by Spanish police in San Sebastian a week later and extradited back to Germany.
After the murder, it emerged that the victim’s family were on the radar of the authorities, as a spokesman for the local youth authority said: “The department had multiple contacts with the family. “The security of the children was the main topic.”
Sohail A., came from Pakistan into Germany on December 21, 2011 and applied for asylum but just a month later the application was rejected.
It was while awaiting deportation that he came to know Lubna, married her and fathered Ayesha with her and a son.
According to media reports, the judge in the case was informed by police of violence against his wife, leading him to get youth authorities involved instead of ordering his expulsion.
Social workers reported back to the court that they did not foresee a ‘worsening’ of the family situation.
Through his lawyer the accused said: “Everything was falling apart for me…I loved my daughter above everything.”
His wife, 32, cannot face him in court and will give evidence against him via a videolink on Friday.
If convicted he faces life in jail.