(The Local) A Berlin man who beheaded his wife because he thought she was the devil and he was Jesus, appeared in court on Tuesday. He faces manslaughter charges and will likely be sentenced to an extended spell in a closed psychiatric unit.
The 32-year-old, who killed the 30-year-old mother of his six children in June, told the Berlin state court that “I thought I was doing something good.” The practising Muslim said that he had heard God’s voice, and at that point he believed he was Jesus.
He dragged his wife onto the balcony of their flat in the Kreuzberg area of the capital. There he hit her repeatedly on the head with their barbecue before stabbing her to death, the court heart. An autopsy showed that she died from a stab to the heart.
Because, he told the judge, he was unsure whether she was dead, he beheaded her, cut off several parts of her body, including one of her breasts, and threw them into the inner courtyard of the building and shouted “God is great” in Arabic.