Woman, 21, stabbed to death by classmate she rejected

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WARNING - CONFRONTING FOOTAGE: The trial of a jealous student who stabbed a beautiful classmate to death in the street after she turned down his marriage proposal has commenced in Egypt.

Naira Ashraf, 21, was viciously attacked as she stepped off a bus outside her university in Mansoura, central Egypt, on June 20.

Video of the incident which has been shared widely online shows Mohamed Adel punching her in the head before standing over her and repeatedly stabbing his victim in the neck.

The young woman had reportedly rejected a marriage proposal from her classmate who went on to kill her. Source: CEN/Australscope
The young woman had reportedly rejected a marriage proposal from her classmate who went on to kill her. Source: CEN/Australscope

As the attack unfolded on a busy street, an angry mob quickly rushed to help with a bystander tackling and apprehending Adel while another citizen could be seen trying to rush the woman's limp body to get some medical help.

It later emerged that the killer was offended and decided to seek revenge when Naira rejected his offer of marriage.

The trial, which has attracted widespread interest in the country, began in Mansoura earlier this week on June 26. The authorities even allowed TV cameras to film the first hearing, a rare occurrence for cases involving violence against women.

Adding to the national outcry surrounding the case, TV presenter Mabrouk Attia sparked further fury in the country when he suggested the victim may not have been killed had she been veiled at the time.

Adel is charged with premeditated murder after reportedly confessing to killing his classmate.

After her death, the victim’s father said she had previously reported the defendant to the authorities out of fear he would attack her.

Prosecutors said Adel “stabbed her several times” and left “messages threatening to cut her throat” on Ashraf’s phone.

In Egypt, the country with the third-highest number of executions in the world in 2021, the maximum penalty for murder is the death sentence.

with Australscope

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