A lady has been accused of searching for out a lookalike of herself on social media and murdering her in a bid to faux her personal demise.
Authorities say Sharaban Okay, a 23-year-old beautician of Iraqi descent from Munich, searched for ladies who resembled her intently on-line earlier than killing considered one of them with a purpose to go into hiding, German information shops are reporting.
The case has been dubbed the “doppelganger murder”, in reference to a German folktale a couple of ghostly an identical spirit, however the phrase doppelganger additionally has come to imply a stranger who appears to be like like a twin.
The suspect and others concerned within the case are being referred to by their first names and final initials, as is customary within the German authorized system.
Police first found a blood-covered physique in August final 12 months in a parked Mercedes in Ingolstadt, southern Germany.
Reports initially recognized the sufferer as Sharaban Okay, however a publish mortem examination raised questions concerning the physique’s id.
The sufferer was ultimately named as Khadidja O, a 23-year-old magnificence blogger from the neighbouring state of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Police later said the sufferer and Sharaban Okay had been “strikingly alike” in look as a result of their bodily similarities comparable to straight black hair.
On 19 August, officers detained Sharaban Okay and a pal accused of plotting the scheme.
The full extent of the case and their alleged motives weren’t publicly disclosed by authorities till this week, and it’s has now emerged prosecutors consider Sharaban Okay deliberate to faux her personal demise as a result of a dispute with household.
“Investigations have led us to assume that the accused wanted to go into hiding because of a family dispute and fake her own death to that effect,” Veronika Grieser, of the Ingolstadt state prosecutor’s workplace, mentioned in a press release.
Ms Grieser defined that investigations uncovered a number of makes an attempt by Sharaban Okay to succeed in out to ladies on social media she resembled within the week earlier than the alleged homicide.
She is claimed to have operated below aliases and tried to arrange conferences with the ladies.
While many of those makes an attempt proved unsuccessful, she ultimately managed to arrange a gathering with Khadidja O by making a “cosmetics offer”, authorities allege.
Sharaban Okay and Sheqir Okay are accused of selecting up the lady earlier than taking her to a forested space between Heilbronn and Ingolstadt, earlier than stabbing her to demise.
Arrest warrants had been issued for each ladies final week, they usually every face life in jail if convicted.
Police spokesperson Andreas Aichele advised the German tabloid newspaper Bild: “The crime weapon has not been found, but the evidence is overwhelming. The victim was killed with over 50 thrusts of the knife, the face completely disfigured.”