German man convicted of bizarre murder in Greece

A Greek courted has sentenced a 47-year-old German man to life in prison for the murder of his wife. The man remained living in an apartment together with the corpse of his 54-year-old dead wife, which lay surrounded by flowers, dolls and stuffed animals. The man was arrested in the small northern town of Asprovalta last February and stood trial in the city of Thessaloniki.

The woman came from Düsseldorf and met her husband in 2001. The couple moved to Greece in 2006. According to the Greek to police, both became alcoholics and were often seen fighting with each other. The couple had a fight in which the woman was severely injured and left unattended for 24 hours, during which period she died.

The man’s defence said that he was psychologically unstable and therefore not in control of his actions. The judge rejected the claim.