Ethiopian migrant killed social worker in Sweden

Youssaf Khaliif Nuur and Alexandra Mezher


By DailyMail

Blood-smeared floors and walls of child migrant centre where a Swedish social worker, 22, was stabbed to death in ‘a frenzied attack’ by ‘Ethiopian boy’ who is at least TWENTY-ONE

Blood smeared across the floors and splattered up the walls, these are the horrifying photos from inside the child asylum centre where a female Swedish social worker was murdered in ‘a frenzied attack’.

Alexandra Mezher, 22, bled to death after being stabbed as she tried to break up a fight involving two of the young migrants she was caring for.

The psychology graduate’s killing on January 25 at an asylum centre for unaccompanied minor refugees in Mölndal, a suburb of Gotherburg, sent shockwaves through Sweden and around the world.

Asylum seeker Youssaf Khaliif Nuur, from Ethiopia, is charged with her murder. Nuur has told detectives he cannot remember the incident.

But these grisly pictures taken from the scene show how Miss Mezher appeared to have put up a fight against her killer.

The trail of blood reveals for the first time how she tried to escape from the vicious attack, managing to crawl from the kitchen where she was stabbed with such force her artery was severed.

The psychology graduate, originally from Lebanon, then pulled herself along the corridor, seeking safety in a bedroom.

It was here – lying on the floor in amongst the white sheets stained red by her blood – that she lost her fight for life.

‘The young man has shown extreme ruthlessness and harshness which caused the death of Alexandra Mezhers,’ prosecutor Linda Wiking noted.

Detectives arrived at the centre to find this scene of carnage with a pot plant kicked over on the stairwell.

Suspect Nuur claimed to be just 15 to win himself a spot in the home. But prosecutors can now say conclusively that Nuur is at least 21, if not older, meaning he should not have been at the centre, which was for teenagers aged 14 to 17. Nuur will be deported to Ethiopia on completing his sentence if he is convicted.

The prosecutor’s report also reveals witnesses interviewed by police told how Miss Mezher begged for her life, and was heard to scream ‘No, no, no Youssaf’ at least 10 times as he stabbed her.

One of the other residents tried desperately to help the young woman, but was attacked himself before more boys arrived to help.

‘Just a few seconds later more boys came in to the kitchen and overpowered the man with the knife,’ the report continued.

‘Alexandra then manages to get away from the scene. A few minutes later they make a distress call to the police.’

But Miss Mezher, who had worked at the centre for just four months, bled to death before help arrived, in the sparsely furnished room.

She would have needed treatment within minutes if she were to have any chance of survival, the report says.

Horrifyingly, it also reveals Miss Mezher knew she was in danger the day she went to work to cover the night shift by herself.

Her mother Chiméne Mezher, 42, told police: ‘She got a call from her job saying that someone had taken a knife. She sat on the sofa, but got up and went into the bedroom and talked.

‘I do not think she wanted me to know she did not want me to worry worried. It was the 24th, she sat and calmly painted her nails. She knew how she would handle it.’

Mrs Mezher, 42, a mother-of-four, who moved from Lebanon 25 years ago, said previously: ‘Alexandra knew how to handle children including violent ones.

‘But those she was working with were big powerful guys – she could see it in their eyes and their bodies.

‘A few were maybe under 18, but the rest were older, maybe 23 or 24.’

Witnesses told detectives the atmosphere was ‘calm and normal’ on the night of the killing – and there was no tension between Nuur and Miss Mezher.

But at 8am on January 25 she was set upon by her killer in a prolonged and brutal attack.

Nuur, who faces trial for her murder, claims he has no memory of the killing.

His inability to tell police what happened during those crucial minutes has left Miss Mezher’s parents even more distressed.

Hans Gaestadius, the lawyer representing the Mezher family, told MailOnline: ‘A mother and father who lose a young daughter like that are of course devastated.

‘What upsets my clients most is that they have not gotten the answers they need. The killer has not said why he did it.

‘Instead he say that he can not remember anything. He has a gap in his story just when he committed his crime.

‘The strange thing is that he remembers everything before and after the attack. We believe that this gap is deliberate and strongly question if he is telling the truth.’

A source had previously revealed to MailOnline that Nuur – who was refused housing elsewhere due to concerns over his mental health – may have suffered some sort of a breakdown ahead of the killing.

‘The knifeman may have had some kind of breakdown. He may have suffered some trauma previously in his life,’ the source said, adding that Nuur had complained of feeling ‘unwell’ the night before and had not slept at all in the hours before the alleged attack.

He was heard pacing around his bedroom for most of the night before the attack.

A scuffle broke out at 8am and Miss Mezher reportedly tried to break it up.

A Gothenburg Police source told MailOnline: ‘This lady tried to separate them and told him to stop but he stabbed her. The suspect had been up all night. He had said he was not feeling well the night before.’

The horrific murder of Miss Mezher came just more than a year after a therapist at the housing centre in Molndal warned that due to lack of staff, ‘something serious will happen here’.

HVB Living Nordic, which runs the centre, is now under investigation by Sweden’s Work Environment Administration to see if they broke work environment laws for allowing Miss Mezher to work on her own with 10 teenage boys.

HVB Living Nordic is a private company paid by the local authority to provide housing and care for unaccompanied minors, which has been operating since late 2013.

In 2014, Molndal received £22.6million to provide housing for unaccompanied minors – the most state funding per capita than any town or city in Sweden.

That same year, HVB Living Nordic reported a profit margin of 21.9 per cent.

HVB’s chief executive is Patrick Sjögren, 46, former CEO of 5050Poker, a gambling website which filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after it emerged that the company had used players’ money to cover losses.

The company, HVB Living Nordic, had asked the local authorities for compensation to care for Nuur, but the extra staff promised had reportedly not started yet at the time of the attack.

This despite the fact that Nuur had lived at the centre in Molndal, home to ten migrants, for a month before the murder. Some 4,000 arrived without their parents in the past year alone at the suburb, which has a population of just 60,000.
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