WIESBADEN (GERMANY) (AFP) – Germany on Thursday deported to his native Serbia a man whose killing of a young Turkish-German woman sparked nationwide outrage.
Student Tugce Albayrak was hailed as a heroine after she intervened to protect two 14-year-old girls in an altercation in a fast-food restaurant in November 2014.
But her civic courage cost the 22-year-old her life when Serbian national Sanel Masovic slapped her to the ground in the restaurant carpark, causing severe head injuries.
Albayrak died in a coma on her 23rd birthday, days after the attack. More than 1,000 mourners attended her funeral, amid a wave of sympathy for her.
Masovic, 18 at the time of the attack, served two and a half years in jail for inflicting bodily harm with fatal consequences.
On Thursday, he was deported to Serbia from Frankfurt airport, said the city administration of nearby Wiesbaden.
A court in Hesse state had in March upheld a decision by immigration authorities last September to expel and bar him from Germany for eight years.
The court ruled that Masovic still represented a threat to public safety and could be expected to act “aggressively and violently” in conflict situations.
In the trial, presiding judge Jens Assling had said Masovic did not intend to kill Albayrak, but added that “no verdict in the world could in any way make up for the loss” to her family.
The attack was captured on a surveillance video later broadcast on national media, drawing a wave of shock and revulsion.
“I am deeply sorry for what I did,” Masovic told the juvenile district court at the start of his trial.
“I can’t imagine the pain and suffering I inflicted on her family. I never thought she would die.”