An 18-year-old woman in the UK was still alive as her boyfriend beheaded her with a kitchen knife, a jury has heard. Sheffield Crown Court was told that Aras Hussein, 21, killed girlfriend Reema Ramzan by decapitating her, before stabbing himself in the chest.
The Daily Mirror reports that prosecutor Graham Reeds QC told jurors about the injuries Iraqi-born Hussein allegedly inflicted on his girlfriend on 4 June last year.
“Bruising into tissue wounds suggest that Reema was still alive as the defendant started to remove her head,” Mr Reeds told the court.
“The process of decapitation would require considerable motion with corresponding considerable force which needed to be sustained.
“Force would also be needed to restrain the victim who is likely to have been struggling.”
He added: “No-one can know what happened in that room immediately before the killing and what led to it.”
Mr Reeds said that Hussein was then spotted outside her flat, naked and with blood pouring out of his chest. He told emergency workers: “I don’t know why I did it,” adding “She like me but I raped her. What I did was wrong. I need punishing for it.”
He is also alleged to have said: “Why are you helping me? I’ve murdered someone.”
Hussein was present in the court as the prosecution made its case. He denies murder, but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.