Iraqi admits killing German designer Moshammer
4 November 2005, MUNICH - After a day of prevaricating, an Iraqi male prostitute admitted to a German court Thursday that he strangled colourful German fashion maven Rudolph Moshammer with an electrical flex in January.
4 November 2005
MUNICH - After a day of prevaricating, an Iraqi male prostitute admitted to a German court Thursday that he strangled colourful German fashion maven Rudolph Moshammer with an electrical flex in January.
On the first day of the trial, Herisch A., 25, who lives in Germany as a refugee, had claimed he forgot what happened.
"I killed him," said A. on the second day of the Munich murder trial. "Yes, I drew the flex round his neck and pulled it tight." Moshammer then fell lifeless. A. said he drew it tight a second time after that.
Prosecutors say the men had had an argument about the price of A.'s services. A.'s surname has been withheld under news ethics rules.
Moshammer, 64, once described as "the only genuine eccentric in Germany", was instantly recognizable to most Germans by his waxed moustache, black wig and the lap dog Daisy he carried everywhere.
He often appeared on German television to give his views on style and owned a Munich shop selling "Moshammer" fashion accessories.
Moshammer's former chauffeur and doctor testified Thursday that the celebrity had two personalities - a hard-driving businessman and a friend of the world who chatted with anyone he met. They said he was generally very timid and took bodyguards wherever he went.
The chauffeur, 45, said Moshammer had placed himself in grave danger when he drove around Munich in a Rolls-Royce looking for male prostitutes. The chauffeur, who has inherited Daisy and a legacy, arrived at court with bodyguards of his own.
The trial resumes on Monday, November 7.
Subject: German news