A German man was so desperate to not become a father that he reportedly stabbed his 19-year-old girlfriend with a bread knife before lighting her on fire.
A day after the horrific act, the burned body of 19-year-old Maria Peiner was discovered in some woods outside of Berlin by a local walker. In January 2015, the teen — who was 8 months pregnant at the time — thought she was meeting up with boyfriend Eren Toben to buy baby clothes. Instead the 20-year-old man, as well as his friend Daniel Mueller, beat her with a piece of wood and stabbed her with a bread knife, Metro reports.
After this assault, the pair did the unthinkable: they covered her in petrol and set her ablaze. “She was still conscious, it could have been 10, 20, 30 seconds — she was still moving,” Judge Regina Alex commented during proceedings, according to The Independent. Toben was identified as the culprit when authorities discovered his fingerprints on a knife at the crime scene.
“He acted for the sole purpose of taking pleasure in the destruction of another human being’s life,” Judge Alex commented. “For him the crime was a solution, he wanted a free, happy life which he had control over.”
Toben and his accomplice were subsequently sentenced to 14 years in prison. After the trial, the victim’s brother said: “I hope our family can finally have some peace.”