Honour killing story

Yvan Schneider
Born: 1988
Struck dead: 21 August 2007
Residence: Rommelshausen/Stuttgart
Origin: Victim: France, Perpetrator: from Turkish-Croatian family
Children: none
Perpetrator: Deniz Eroglu, just under 19 years old at the time of the crime, born in Germany
Honor crimes against men are rare. But the murder of 19-year-old Yvan is a particularly savage example.

The perpetrator is the German Turk Deniz Eroglu. His then-girlfriend, Sessen, is a 16-year-old girl from Eritrea. Apparently, he is insanely jealous and swears to kill anyone with whom Sessen "had a thing." Because that would "go against his honor." The girlfriend claims that a high school student named Yvan deflowered her (which isn't even true, they only know each other in passing. It is possible that Sessen just wants to brag or throw oil on the fire).

Deniz has dropped out of school, is unemployed, but drives a big sports car. Possibly Sessen is hoping for social advancement and money through her bond with Deniz.

Under a pretext, Sessen lures Yvan into an ambush. There Deniz beats him to death with his accomplice Roman. The main perpetrator jumps on his victim's head with both feet. They chop up the body with an axe and a saw. They concreted the parts into flower boxes and sank them into the Neckar. They dumped the torso in the forest.

But the smell of decomposition coming from the apartment where the body was dismembered put the police on the trail of the perpetrators. It is possible that Deniz's father (44 years old) assisted in disposing of the body (there will be a trial against him later).

In March 2008, the district court of Stuttgart sentences the main perpetrator Deniz to ten years' confinement in a psychiatric institution - the maximum sentence under juvenile law. Accomplice Roman (who had just turned 18 at the time of the crime, comes from a late repatriated family from Kazakhstan and is an ordinary soldier) also gets ten years. Sessen gets nine years. She is considered an accomplice because she trapped the victim for no apparent reason and helped dispose of the corpse. A fourth defendant, Polish-born Kajetan, who helped dump the body, gets three years and three months. Deniz had followed the trial demonstratively indifferent.

In December 2012 it can be read that the regional council of Stuttgart ordered the deportation of the perpetrator. The following was probably negotiated: Deniz can be deported after half of his sentence and live freely in Turkey. First he asks to reduce the entry ban from 10 to 7 years, but that fails. Alternatively, he could be released after two-thirds, remain in Germany, but undergo social therapy and come to terms with his crime. He rejects this. A doctor states that he does not even want to integrate. Yet in 2012 he wants to stay in Germany again and not be deported.

In the summer of 2017, the murderer actually served his sentence. However, he is not yet free. Apparently, he is still considered dangerous. In March 2018, there will be a new trial on preventive detention. The accomplices of the time are no longer in custody.

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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