Judges in the courthouse of Heilbronn, a city in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, found the 27-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker guilty of brutally killing his landlady, a 70-year-old woman named only as Maria M.
He carried out the attack on the pensioner as she slept in a spare room, having moved out of her own bedroom because of her husband’s snoring problem in the home they shared in the town of Bad Friedrichshall.
Police investigating at the house where the murder happened
After the attack, the murderer fled the scene, stealing a number of the woman’s items, including her mobile phone as well as money and jewellery.
When police caught up with him, they seized his possessions including his diary, in which he had written: “It’s payback time.”