Iraqi asylum-seeker, 21, is charged with multiple child rapes and murdering a 14-year-old girl in Germany

A rejected Iraqi asylum-seeker has today been charged with child rape and murder over attacks on two schoolgirls aged 11 and 14 in western Germany.

Ali Bashar fled Germany after beating, raping and and strangling Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, in a wooded area near his refugee shelter in the city of Wiesbaden last May, prosecutors say.

The 21-year-old had also allegedly twice raped an 11-year-old girl – once in April 2018 after locking her in his room, and again near a supermarket car park the following month.