Honour killing story

Nicole B.
born 1968
stabbed: 25 March 2009
Residence: Hamburg
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey
Children: 1 son (age 9 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Suat (at the time of the crime 40 years old)
The three-year relationship between Nicole and Suat is characterized by his violence and delusion of control. At one point, he hits her so hard that her eardrum ruptures. Eight charges have been filed against the bodybuilder.

After the divorce, Nicole is given a restraining order, under which Suat is no longer allowed to approach her. The assemblyman sends his sister to her to persuade her to withdraw the charges - but she does not.

Nicole works at a fitness center in Hamburg Othmarschen. On March 25, 2009, Suat ambushes her in the parking garage. Nicole locks herself in the car. Suat smashes the window, opens the door and stabs his ex-girlfriend 36 times. Nicole bleeds to death in the driver's seat. A co-worker finds her.

Two days later, Suat goes to the police, claims innocence and refuses to testify further. The police let him go again. Only later do they find fiber traces from his pants in the victim's car.

In the courtroom, Suat initially remains silent, but then confesses to the crime.

The prosecutor first speaks of murder, later pleads manslaughter. The defense describes Suat as extremely jealous and a man with great separation anxiety. He had wanted to talk to Nicole that day about the relationship and in that process he had realized that the divorce was final. Further, the defense says that Nicole was probably too free-spirited for the depressed offender.

The perpetrator was previously married for 13 years and has a son from this marriage, 10 years old at the time of the crime. On November 20, 2009, Suat was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for manslaughter.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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