A Ghanaian asylum seeker accused of raping a German woman while forcing her boyfriend to watch has been branded a danger to society by a psychiatric expert.
The man – only identified as Eric X – is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman after spotting the couple camping in a nature reserve near Bonn, west Germany in April.
Speaking during the trial in a Bonn district court, the psychiatrist who interviewed Eric X, 32, said he completely lacks empathy and is highly likely to re-offend.
Accused: Alleged rapist Eric X, 32, from Ghana, pictured in court today in Bonn, Germany is a ‘danger to society’ according to a psychiatric expert
The attack took place on April 2, shortly after midnight. The couple were already asleep when Eric X allegedly cut through the tarpaulin, threatened them with a tree saw and ordered them to hand over their valuables – six euros (£5.35) and a music box.
After robbing them he is said to have dragged the 23-year-old woman outside, where he raped her and forced her boyfriend, 26, to watch.
German media have reported that the boyfriend’s call to police was initially considered a joke.
The suspect was arrested soon after in nearby Siegburg after a man recognised him from a composite picture of the sex attacker.
Yesterday, psychiatric expert Dr Wolfgang Schwachula testified in court and shared his observations about the failed Ghanaian asylum seeker he examined before the start of the trial and observed throughout the court case.
Defiant: Despite being asked to stay quiet by his lawyers, the defendant called the 23-year-old woman who he allegedly raped a ‘prostitute’
Dr Schwachula said that Eric X. is fully criminally liable despite a combined personal disorder of emotional instability and narcissism.
According to the psychiatric expert, the Ghanaian migrant is not capable of empathy and abuses others for his purposes.
Dr Schwachula said this makes Eric X ‘highly dangerous to society’, putting his risk of re-offending at between 40 to 60 per cent.
Eric X., who has appeared in court with both his hands and feet chained due to his extremely aggressive behaviour, has made several accusations against the victim and the prosecution.
When a DNA analyst explained to the court that the saliva sample taken from Eric X. matched with the sperm found in the genital area of the victim, the accused dismissed the evidence.
Eric X. said: ‘That cannot be, how does my DNA come to the woman?’
An e-fit of the accused which was put out by the police. He was captured after a passer-by recognised him from the e-fit. Pictured right: The Siegaue Nature Reserve
The refugee was arrested after being accused of dragging a young woman from her tent and raping her while she was on camping with her boyfriend at in the Siegaue Nature Reserve (pictured)
On a separate occasion during the trial, he said out loud in court: ‘If the girl claims she has been raped, she must be a prostitute.
‘All who help her in the lie are filthy people.’
Lawyer Gudrun Roth, who represents the 23-year-old student, said that it is ‘always a slap in the face, if someone who has experienced such a thing is mocked even further.’
Both of the victims, from Stuttgart, south-west Germany are currently undergoing psychological care as according to local media they are still heavily traumatised.
Following his arrest it emerged that the man had been served notice by the German authorities ten days before the attack, informing him he would face deportation to Italy as his asylum application had been rejected.
He arrived in Italy in January and his asylum application was immediately rejected but by then he had made the journey to Kassel in Germany.
The suspect lived for a time in asylum seeker housing accommodation in the town of Sankt Augustin, near Bonn.
But local media have questioned why he was not immediately deported.
Eric X. has been charged with aggravated rape and predatory blackmail.