German man admits second murder after killing refugee child

German suspect detained on suspicion of abducting four-year-old refugee boy admits to killing another child following his first confession

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A photo of Mohamed Januzi is displayed at a memorial site, in Berlin, Germany, October 30, 2015.

Updated Oct 31, 2015

A 32-year-old German man arrested for killing a Bosnian refugee child, Mohamed Januzi, who had disappeared almost a month ago in Germany, has confessed to killing another child, prosecutors said on Friday.

Authorities have said that the suspect admitted to killing a 6 year old boy named Elias, who went missing in July from near his parent's home in the city of Potsdam.

"The man confessed overnight that he had also killed Elias," said Berlin police spokesman, Stefan Redlich.

Police said that Elias’s body was buried in a garden allotment in Luckenwalde, south of Berlin and upon a search, investigators discovered human remains in the field. But in order to identify the body test will be needed.

Prosecutor Michael von Hagen had said the man’s identity was unknown, but after the boy’s mother recognised him on a video published by police, his identity was revealed.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday morning and confessed that the child’s body was in his car. The event took place as the boys mother was being interviewed by a police officer at her home. 

Von Hagen said that officers discovered the body in the trunk covered by cat litter. An autopsy is under way, but it is clear that the boy was not "killed today or yesterday," he added.

The prosecutor said that there is no evidence that shows the man has xenophobic feelings nor that he belongs to any far-right groups.

Four-year-old Mohamed Januzi was reported to have disappeared on October 1, in front of the central registration building for refugees in Berlin.

Police published photos of the child and a video of a suspected man escorting the boy. The incident widely attracted the attention of Germans.

Authorities on Tuesday announced a reward of 20,000 euros ($22, 000) for information on the suspect. 

According to reports, since 2013 Germany has recorded the largest number of refugees, with 600,000. The number of asylum applications reached 450,000 this year, which is more than twice the total for the all of 2014.

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