MEUNSTER, GERMANY. A Nigerian man, simply identified as Anthony I, is on trial in Muenster, Germany for the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Soopika Paramanathan, a 22-year-old German student known locally as the “Angel of Ahaus” for her volunteer work with refugees. 28 year-old Anthony I. allegedly attacked Paramanathan on Feb. 11 after she ended their relationship, prosecutors said, stabbing her repeatedly with a long-bladed knife in her head, neck and br**sts. He was said to have stabbed the lady 22 times. She sprayed his face with pepper spray in defence and was raced to a local hospital but later died after suffering substantial blood loss.
German police have not released Anthony I.’s full last name. And Anthony in court had reportedly kept mute. Anthony I. was stuffing Soopika Paramanathan’s body into a large suitcase on the street when witnesses said they spotted him. He escaped from the crime scene and was caught by police in Basel, Switzerland two days later.
Soopika Paramanathan’s father, Sivasamboo, said his daughter “felt threatened by him” in the days leading up to the attack and was afraid, according to German tabloid Bild.
The couple met in 2016 at a local refugee home in Ahaus, Germany, where Anthony I. was living and Soopika Paramanathan volunteered.
Anthony I. came to Germany in 2015,after spending three years in Italy.
Photo: Antony 1 (Top), Soopika Paramanathan (Left), The bag where Anthony kept the body of Soopika Paramanathan (Right)
He wrote in his asylum application that he was forced to leave his country in 2012 for being homosaxual and he had fought against the Islamic terrorist group militants in Nigeria. The application was in the process of being rejected, because it dripped with lies.
He is facing life imprisonment when an expected guilty verdict is handed down on September 20.
Soopika Paramanathan’s lawyer Hans-Peter Maas said; ‘She was a good person. On her birthday she sent gifts to homeless people in Sri Lanka.