Honour killing story

Nura M.
born: 1983
stabbed: 3 December 2017
Place of residence: Aachen
Origin: Iraq / Kurds
Children: 3 (at act 3, 10, 11 y.)
Perpetrator: her husband Mohammad M. (36 y.)
Mohammad and Nura are cousins. Both come from an Iraqi-Kurdish family and were born in Kuwait. Mohammad has an Iraqi and a German passport. Supposedly the clan of the two is represented with 1500 members in Germany.

Mohammad comes to Germany in 1997. At the time of the crime he lived here for 20 years. Nura comes to Germany in 2000 or 2001, the two get to know each other in 2003 and get married in 2005. When the family moves from Lower Saxony to Düren in 2010, the problems begin. Mohammad only works from time to time, otherwise the family receives social welfare.

There will be separation and reconciliation in 2013. At least 3 police interventions for domestic violence are on record. Mohammad was expelled from the apartment. Each time Nura withdrew the charge. In March 2017 Mohammad separates finally and moves to his mother in Wolfsburg.

With a kitchen knife from his mother Mohammad travels to Nura in Aachen on December 3, 2017. He sends the children to his uncle, who probably lives in the same house. Then he stabs his wife. She bleeds to death at the scene of the crime. Later, more than 120 cuts and stab wounds are counted. The next day the perpetrator is arrested in Düren.

In May 2018 the murder trial before the Regional Court of Aachen begins. The perpetrator testifies that he committed the crime with Allah's permission. A policewoman says that the perpetrator appeared proud after the crime. He said that his honour had been restored. He also told an employee of the prison that his religion, Islam, allowed honour killings and that he was therefore illegally in pre-trial detention.

In May Mohammad is sentenced to life imprisonment. The particular severity of the guilt is determined. The reasoning speaks of reprehensible self-righteousness, no remorse and uninhibited selfishness. Additionally a "in local culture it is a completely unacceptable way to restore the honour".