A German man who was apparently fearful of becoming a father has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for burning alive his pregnant girlfriend.
Eren Toben and his accomplice, Daniel Mueller, both 20, lured 19-year-old Maria Peiner into the woods on the outskirts of Berlin last January after telling her they were going shopping for baby clothes, The Mirror reports.
Once inside the woods, Toben hit Peiner with a piece of wood, stabbed her with a bread knife and then poured gasoline over her and lit her ablaze, a court heard.
“For him the crime was a solution, he wanted a free, happy life which he had control over,” Judge Regina Alex said of Toben. "He abused Maria’s love for him to lure her into an ambush."
The charred remains of Peiner, who was eight months pregnant, were found by someone walking by the next day.
Toben’s fingerprints were on the handle of the knife found near her charred remains and both men have been sentenced to 14 years in prison, The Mirror reported Sunday.
“I hope that our family can finally have some peace,” Peiner’s brother told the newspaper.