A 28-year-old man who does not speak German is being tried in Munich for rape and attempted murder against two women. He refuses to say anything about these crimes, and won’t even reveal his actual identity.
His trial convened on March 26. When the judge entered the courtroom, he hid his face. When the proceedings began, he refused to answer questions. Emrah T. will not provide any information about himself, nor will he comment on the crimes of which he has been accused.
Emrah T. stands accused of attacking, strangling, and raping two women in separate incidents in Rosenheim and Munich.
The second attack took place on December 18, 2016. A 45-year-old woman was jogging in Munich’s English Park when she was attacked from behind. According to the indictment, Emrah T. tore her clothes and strangled her. The woman called for help, which caused her attacker to constrict her throat until she lost consciousness. He then proceeded to rape her. He left his victim half-naked and unconscious behind a grove in sub-zero temperatures. Police believe that he expected the woman to die before being discovered.
The first attack was in Rosenheim, where a 29-year-old woman was raped in November 2015. She was also strangled into unconsciousness before being raped. DNA recovered from both scenes reveal that the two victims were attacked by the same man. On the strength of the DNA evidence, the suspect was arrested in an asylum-seekers’ shelter in Munich.
We know very little about this man. He traveled with his pregnant wife via Kiefersfelden to Germany in 2015. At that time, he claimed to be a Syrian refugee. However, in his asylum application, he said he was a Kurd from Turkey. Whether either of these identities, or neither, is the actual one is still unknown.