A 31-year-old Ghanaian asylum seeker has been charged for raping a woman at knifepoint in front of her boyfriend after learning he was going to be deported.
The young woman -23, was reportedly hanging out with her boyfriend in the Siegaue Nature Reserve in Bonn, Germany when they were approached by a machete-wielding man Erik, on April 2, 2017.
The Ghanaian whose name has been withheld was denied asylum by German authorities before he carried out the attack. Eric’s application was denied in Italy where he earlier arrived. However, the rejection came when the culprit had already made the journey to Kassel in Germany.
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Eric X had been served notice by the German authorities ten days before the attack; that he would face deportation to Italy as his asylum application had been rejected.
After learning he was going to be deported, the Ghanaian asylum seeker thought it right to make other people suffer for his misfortune. Since Eric was not shipped out immediately, he used the opportunity to cause havoc in the country which rejected him. The rejected Ghanaian asylum seeker reportedly journeyed to Kassel in Germany where he lived for a time in asylum seeker housing accommodation in Bonn before carrying out the attack in the town of Sankt Augustin, near Bonn.
It was at about 12:30 am on April 2, 2017, and a young couple were on a camping trip in the Siegaue Nature Reserve, north of the former German capital of Bonn. Eric spotted the couple and decided to make his move. He had entered the camping area at night and stole a blanket, backpack and duffel bag as well as a machete-like tree saw.
Forcing his way into their camping tent, Eric threatened them with a tree saw and ordered them to hand over their valuables. He subsequently dragged the young lady and raped her, while he forced her boyfriend to watch the horrifying incident.
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Eric had fled immdiately after the incident. However, the lady’s 26-year-old boyfriend was able to alert the police subsequently. The Ghanaian was spotted days later walking along River Rhine in the Bonn neighborhood of Beuel, holding one of the items he was accused of stealing.
This was after a man recognized him as the asylum seeker from a composite picture of the sex attacker. Having denied the offense, a DNA test was carried out with samples found at the scene -which then nailed Eric X as the culprit. The victims – the lady and her boyfriend, are currently receiving psychological care.
The criminal’s identity has been withheld according to Germany’s strict privacy laws. This high profile sex attack has given rise to queries from stakeholders concerning the delay of deportation on the part of authorities. Local media have questioned why the asylum seeker was not immediately deported; a lapse which aided his horrible escapade.