Euskirchen: husband acquitted for assault

It began like a romantic story: Tarek P. met Sarah M. (name changed) in Paris in 2018 and fell madly in love with her. The two, who are from Tunisia, became a couple. Meanwhile, however, their relationship has broken up. In Euskirchen they now met in court – he as a defendant, she as a witness.

After the wedding in their common homeland, P., who has lived in the Federal Republic for 18 years and has since been naturalized, did everything in his power to bring his wife to Germany. Even though she was not allowed to have sexual intercourse for medical reasons. This is how Viktor Dick described it, the defense attorney for Weilerswister who was accused of assault. As soon as the woman, who had obtained a master’s degree in France as a student, was with her husband, the difficulties began, as the lawyer explained: “She was becoming more and more dismissive, he wanted to keep her anyway.”

Appointment at the immigration office ends in bodily harm

On October 31, 2019, the couple had an appointment at the immigration office. As stated in the indictment, Sarah M., who at the time was barely able to speak German, spoke French and English to the clerk. This apparently upset her husband, who was unable to follow the conversation, that an argument broke out in the car.

P., now 44, grabbed his wife, who was ten years younger than him, by the hair and hit her head several times against the window in the passenger door. “You are a bad woman,” he said to her, she said in court.

Wife finds shelter in the women’s shelter

On November 30th there was another argument. After shopping, the two wanted to visit his brother in Haan. “He asked me to carry our bags. I refused and said I would tell his brother how badly he treats me as his wife. “

When she was about to ring the doorbell, he tore her arm away and grabbed her shoulders, causing her to fall. When she wanted to get up, he kicked her. He also grabbed her lower jaw and injured her face.

According to the prosecutor, she suffered multiple bruises and an “eardrum defect”. Then the Tunisian left her husband. In her need, she first turned to the German Red Cross, later she found shelter in a women’s shelter. Marriage is about to divorce.

Defendant denies the violence allegations

Tarek P. denied the allegations. He and his wife had quarreled, for example when they visited their brother she called him a loser. But there were never any physical arguments. Even when she was still living in France, he did everything for her.

At his place of work, he worked overtime and “kissed his boss’s feet so that she would let me go so that I could go to Paris every ten days”. He doesn’t know how to say that he has treated her badly. “We didn’t have sex, but I married her anyway. Why? Because I loved her. “

Contradictions of the witness lead to acquittal

So while testimony stood against testimony, magistrate Stephanie Diel had identified differences between the testimony of witnesses in court and the information that Sarah M. had given the police after the incident in Haan. “At that time you described what happened differently,” she pointed out to her. Accordingly, her husband grabbed her lower jaw, pushed her, pulled her hair and slapped her so violently that she fell. There was no question of a slap in the court. “And why didn’t you tell the police, unlike now, that they had been kicked?” Defense attorney Dick picked up on another inconsistency. She did, replied the witness. Maybe the translator didn’t pass on the information. “I think the statement is completely unbelievable,” said Dick.

The representative of the public prosecutor put it this way: “The witness contradicts herself.” The accused should therefore be acquitted. Judge Diel agreed with this motion, which the defense also made. It was not possible to prove with the certainty necessary for a conviction that Tarek P. had committed the offenses against which he was accused.

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