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Dental checks prove age of migrant who drowned student

A migrant who raped and killed an EU official's daughter and lied that he was an 'unaccompanied minor' is between 22 and 29 years old, dental checks have proved.

Hussein Khavari ambushed 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger in Freiberg in October last year before raping her and drowning her in a river.

Today, a dental expert appeared to have wrecked his hopes of escaping with a lighter sentence by showing with 'near certainty' that Khavari was 25. The bogus Afghan refugee originally claimed to be just 17.

Speaking at Khavari's trial on Tuesday, research scientist Ursula Wittwer-Backofen revealed her analysis of his upper right canine tooth. 

Afghan migrant Hussein Khavari wept in the Freiburg District Court as he recalled how he murdered Maria Ladenburger while he was drunk last October

Afghan migrant Hussein Khavari wept in the Freiburg District Court as he recalled how he murdered Maria Ladenburger while he was drunk last October

Hussein Khavari (pictured), 22, has been accused of ambushing Maria Ladenburger, 19, as she cycled home after a party, raping her and then drowning her in a river last October

Maria's body was found in the Dreisam River less than one mile from the student accommodation where she lived

Hussein Khavari (left), 22, has been charged with raping and murdering Maria Ladenburger (right), 19,  in Germany

The tooth was removed eight months before he attacked the teenager. 

He kept the tooth as some sort of souvenir and on Tuesday it became exhibit A in the courtroom in Freiburg, southern Germany, where he has been standing trial for the past two months for the crime.

Precisely speaking, said Mrs. Wittwer-Backofen his true age is with 99.7% probability between 22.05 and 29.55 years, but that she was certain he was 25. 

This means when he is sentenced for Maria's murder he can expert no leniency for his age but a mandatory life sentence. 

He had earlier testified that on the night of the killing he was so drunk he was ejected from a bar and left alone by his friends in town.

He claims he accidentally came across Maria who shouted out as she fell from her bicycle. 

Police stand in front of the court in Freiburg ahead of a case that fueled a nationwide debate about the country's migration policy

Police stand in front of the court in Freiburg ahead of a case that fueled a nationwide debate about the country's migration policy

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