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Afghan refugee arrested over rape-murder of German medical student Maria Ladenburger

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker in Germany has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a 19-year-old medical student.

Maria Ladenburger – reportedly the daughter of a top EU official – was on her way back from a party in the university city of Freiburg when she was attacked on the edge of a cycle path behind Schwarzwald station, local media reported.

She was drowned after she was raped. Her body was later found in the River Dreisam on October 16.

Her black scarf was later recovered from the scene along with a bike found parked in the middle of the path.

A strand of black hair led police to the suspect, who was arrested on December 2 said prosecutor Dieter Inhofer at yesterday’s press conference.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the murder following his arrest on Friday. He will be sentenced next year.

The unnamed refugee arrived in Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor and was taken in by a local family in the city. He had no previous convictions. It will strike a further blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy, which has come under mounting criticism for allowing a million refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

“Through interviews and a web-based survey, we were able to reconstruct Maria’s final hours,” said David Müller, head of the police’s Special Commission.

“The 19-year-old student had been at a party. By 2.37am, she left the party. Maria then cycled home, as usual. The young woman had been the victim of a sexual offence and a violent crime.”

Police are now investigating whether the suspect is responsible for another death of a girl in the area who was raped and while jogging in Ending. (Ibtimes)

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