BERLIN, Germany — A Jewish woman due to testify in court next month was found stabbed to death in a Frankfurt park.
The body of a woman identified as Irina A., age 29, was discovered on May 9. The woman had allegedly been involved in inventing a “sex-mob” story of mass rape and abuse by “foreigners” on New Year’s eve 2017 in Frankfurt. Police found no evidence of an incident and reportedly Irina A. was not even in the city at the time.
On Friday, police arrested a man charged along with her for making the false crime report – identified publicly as the 50-year-old restaurateur Jan. M. – as a suspect in her brutal murder.
A man walking his dog in Nidda Park at 6:30 on Wednesday morning discovered the blood-smeared body of Irina A., who ran a real estate and jewelry business, according to news reports. An autopsy confirmed that her death was a murder. Her jewelry and purse were missing. Reportedly the attack left her face unrecognizable. Her white Mercedes later was found parked nearby.
News reports identified Irina A. as a member of Frankfurt’s Jewish community. Photographs show her wearing a silver Star of David pendant. A Facebook profile that apparently was hers has been changed to a “memorialized account.” Among her many friends is restaurateur Jan. M.
Using cellphone records, police reportedly have placed him close to the crime scene. Traces of his blood were allegedly found there as well.
Both have been described as active in club scenes.
More than a year ago, on February 6, 2017, Jan M. and Irina A. were interviewed in Germany’s most-read tabloid, Bild, about their claim of a “sex-mob” attack in Frankfurt. Jan M. said that when he approached Fressgas street in downtown Frankfurt “the whole place was crowded with a group of about 50 Arabs… The women were asking me to help them because they were being groped.” Irina A. added that “they grabbed me under my dress, between my legs, on my breasts, everywhere.”
The report was sensational but quickly debunked. The Bild’s editor apologized for the false news story and false accusations resulting from it.
In November 2017, Irina A. and Jan M. were charged with false reporting of a crime. The trial was to have started in June.
Police have called on the public to come forward with any information that will help the investigation.