German couple on trial for rape, slaying of Chinese student

Sebastian F., left, and Xenia I, right, who are accused of murdering a Chinese student, sit on the dock at the regional court in Dessau Rosslau, Germany, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. The couple are on charges they abducted, raped and killed (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) – A young couple in eastern Germany is on trial on charges they abducted, raped and killed a Chinese student this year.

Sebastian F., the 21-year-old son of two police officers, and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Xenia I., didn’t make statements as their trial opened Friday at Dessau’s state court.

The dpa news agency reports they showed no reaction as prosecutor Heike Kropf detailed the brutal injuries the 25-year-old architecture student suffered to her head and body.

The couple is alleged to have hauled the victim into an abandoned house while she was on her way home from jogging in May, beating and sexually assaulting her for an hour before dragging her outside to die of her injuries.

They told authorities they met the woman for consensual sex, but denied killing her. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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