A 19-YEAR-OLD woman who was raped, stabbed and burned alive was allegedly murdered by the same man who attacked her four years ago.
Chaïma Sadou was found dead on October 2 in an abandoned gas station in Thenia, a town located 60km from the Algerian capital of Algiers.
Her alleged murderer, identified as Rayan, was already known to authorities after the victim’s family filed a complaint against him in 2016.
According to Chaïma’s mum, the alleged perpetrator attempted to rape her when she was 15-years-old.
An investigation had been opened at the time however it was unsuccessful.
Chaïma’s family told police that the 19-year-old failed to make contact with them after she left for town to pay a telephone bill.
It was on the walk to her local town that Chaïma came into contact with her murderer.
According to local reports, the man forced her to follow him, before raping her and burning her alive.
In a press conference, the public prosecutor revealed that the alleged killer had presented himself to local authorities to “inform that his friend was burned at an abandoned gas station.”
The prosecutor reported that the alleged murderer said he stayed with the victim for only seven minutes after finding her before she asked him to bring her food because she was hungry.
He claimed that once he was at least five metres away from her, he noticed smoke rising from where she was.
CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY
However, the alleged killer eventually confessed to luring the victim to the abandoned petrol station, where he raped and burned her after he doused her with gasoline.
“An investigation was immediately launched, and the victim’s body examined. Several bruises, as well as large wounds on the back of her skull and on the top of her left thigh, were found,” said the prosecutor.
The alleged perpetrator was subsequently charged with rape and premeditated murder with the use of torture and barbaric methods.
The investigating judge ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison.
Protestors in Algeria have taken to the streets to demand justice for the 19-year-old victim.
Chaïma’s mum has appealed to Algerian President Abdel-Majid Tebboune to implement the death sentence against the perpetrator, who she said had since been detained and confessed to the crimes.
“My daughter was murdered and burnt. I call for the application of the death penalty! That’s all I ask,” the victim’s mother said in a video posted online.
According to an expert from the National for the Promotion of Health and the Development of Research (FOREM), in the last 20 years, Algeria has recorded an average of one to two kidnappings a year.