Iraqi admits striking fashion guru Moshammer with flex

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3 November 2005, MUNICH - At the start of his trial for the murder of German fashion maven Rudolph Moshammer, an Iraqi male prostitute admitted Wednesday to striking the television personality with an electrical flex.

3 November 2005

MUNICH - At the start of his trial for the murder of German fashion maven Rudolph Moshammer, an Iraqi male prostitute admitted Wednesday to striking the television personality with an electrical flex.

Herisch A., 25, initially disowned a confession to police after the January killing and said he could not remember exactly what happened next. But during day-long questioning by the judge, he admitted to lurid details of the Moshammer strangling.

Moshammer, who had been 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.

Defendant A. variously told the court at the start of the trial that he could not remember what happened, that he had been drunk or dizzy, that he was ashamed or that the hand of "fate" had acted.

"I didn't want to kill him," he told the court as a packed public gallery strained to hear. "It happened but I don't believe it did."

The defendant confirmed being picked up in downtown Munich by Moshammer, 64, in a Rolls-Royce car and going go his home. He said there had later been an argument and "I had a flex in my hand and hit him but don't know what else I did."

A., who had entered Germany as a refugee, was arrested after traces of his DNA were found on the flex, prosecutors said.

Asked why the flex was wound several times around Moshammer's neck, the defendant said, "That came from rage." He said Moshammer was prone on the floor when he left the house.

Moshammer and his Yorkshire terrier Daisy were fixtures at many a glittering social event, whether the Bayreuth Opera Festival, the Vienna Opera Ball or Munich's Oktoberfest beer party.

"Mosi" and Daisy appeared in McDonald's commercials. They were on billboards for rental car agencies. Advertisements claimed they never left home without a certain major credit card.

The Moshammer boutique, which sold garish gentlemen's evening apparel and ties, closed after his death.

The trial was to continue Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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