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'Child' Refugee Accused Of Killing Girl Is 33

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An Afghan refugee who claimed he was 17 years old so Germany would grant him asylum before allegedly murdering and raping an E.U. official's daughter is actually 33.

Hussein Khavari is accused of raping 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger before drowning the girl in a river, reports Breitbart.

At the time of the attack, Khavari had applied for asylum as an "unaccompanied minor" who was 17 years old and thus a child refugee.

However, dental checks established with "near certainty"  that Khavari is between 22 and 29 years old, while the man's father has since informed German authorities his son was born in January 1984.

As a result, Khavari could face a mandatory life sentence, the Daily Mail reports.

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Meanwhile, after authorities arrested Khavari it was revealed he had been sentenced to ten years for attempted murder in Greece in 2013 before fleeing to Germany seeking refuge in 2015 as an "unaccompanied minor."

German authorities were unaware of his past and so granted him asylum.

Khavari claims he was drunk on the night of the murder.

However, he denies raping the girl.

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"When I saw how pretty she was, I wanted to have sex with her," he admitted, but added he was too drunk to do so.

While in court, Khavari later delivered a tearful apology to Ladenburger's family.

"I want to apologize to the family of Maria," he said. "I beg your pardon. I want to apologize to the family of Maria. I wish I could undo it. What I have done, I am sad for from the bottom of my heart."

The 19-year-old medical student was the daughter of a senior legal adviser to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

In her free time, she helped migrants in various shelters and homes.

The case has since sparked fierce debate over whether or not Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door asylum-seeker policy was too lax, while causing many to fear all refugees.

"Free movement and mass immigration is to blame, no thanks to Frau Merkel!" wrote one person in the Daily Mail's comments section.

"We did say, but then we were all labeled as racists for stating the obvious," added another.

However, some defended asylum seekers and argued that Khavari is merely the exception to the norm.

"So, by the twisted logic of many a DM reader, we should visit this man's guilt on all the genuine child refugees - is that it?" wrote one.

"And of course white European men don't rape or kill anyone do they!!!" said another.

"This kind of thing isn't the norm," argued a third. "We really shouldn't be reporting this guff as all it does is whips up hate."

Sources: BreitbartDaily Mail / Featured Image: sean hobson/Flickr / Embedded Images: Eifert Janos via Wikimedia Commons, European People's Party/Flickr

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