In a shocking and gruesome case, Mahmoud N., a 49-year-old man admits to double murder of his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter. N. had been on trial for the murders in Vienna, which took place on the night of August 4th of the previous year, and had initially remained silent. However, at the last minute, he changed his bizarre defense strategy and presented an implausible version of events.
According to the charges, N. had gone to his partner’s apartment, where she lived with her three children, two boys aged six and nine, and her 14-year-old daughter. N. allegedly taped the woman’s mouth shut and strangled her in her bedroom. The daughter was said to have witnessed her mother’s struggle for life. N. then allegedly strangled the girl.
After the murders, N. withdrew 800 euros from the woman’s account using her bank card and fled to France. During his flight, he googled terms such as “death penalty” and “double murder.” When asked by Judge Nicole Baczak whether he had found out whether Austria had the death penalty, N. claimed that a French friend of his had used his phone.
The trial was held in Austria, where N. had immigrated to from Tunisia in 2004. He had been in a relationship with his partner for some time, and they had been living together in her apartment at the time of the murders. The prosecution argued that N. had killed his partner and her daughter out of jealousy and anger.
N.’s bizarre defense strategy involved claiming that he had not murdered his partner and her daughter but instead had engaged in a sex game gone wrong. The defense presented a strange and implausible story to the court, which N. later changed, admitting to the double murder but then fell silent again.
During the trial, the court heard evidence from witnesses, including the victim’s family members, who described N. as a controlling and jealous partner who had a history of violence. The prosecution argued that N. had a motive for the murders, and the evidence presented showed that he had been planning the crime for some time.
The court sentenced N. to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years before he is eligible for parole. The judge described the murders as “heinous and senseless” and noted that N. had shown no remorse for his actions.
The case has shocked the community and sparked a debate about domestic violence and the need for better protection for victims. Domestic violence is a serious problem in Austria, and this case highlights the importance of addressing this issue and providing support to victims.
The trial also raises questions about the use of bizarre and implausible defense strategies in court. While defendants have the right to a fair trial and a defense, the use of such strategies can be harmful and insulting to the victims and their families.
The case is a tragic reminder of the devastating impact of domestic violence and the need for greater awareness and action to prevent such crimes. It is hoped that the trial will lead to greater efforts to address this issue and provide support to those affected by domestic violence.