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Life for German designer's killer
Herisch Ali Abdullah
Herisch Ali Abdullah denied the robbery charge
A court in Munich has sentenced an Iraqi man to life imprisonment for murdering the flamboyant German fashion designer Rudolph Moshammer.

Herisch Ali Abdullah, 25, was found guilty of having strangled Moshammer with a cable to commit a robbery.

The murder allegedly happened during a row about payment for sexual favours.

Moshammer, 64, was found dead at his Munich villa on 14 January. He was famous for the extravagant clothes he designed for celebrities.

Mr Abdullah had confessed that Moshammer had offered to pay him 2,000 euros (1,359) for sex when they met at a train station in Munich.

Rudolph Moshammer with his dog Daisy
Moshammer's Munich boutique sold luxury fashions
They went back to Moshammer's villa and had sex, but the designer later refused to pay, sparking an argument, he said.

Mr Abdullah, an asylum seeker, told the trial he had struck the designer, who fell to the ground. But he insisted that when he left the house, Moshammer was still alive.

Moshammer was always seen with his beloved pet, Yorkshire terrier Daisy, in his arms.

Among the designer's clients were Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California, tenor Jose Carreras and the Las Vegas-based magicians Siegfried and Roy.

But he was also a popular figure outside the world of celebrity, and up to 10,000 people lined the streets of Munich for his funeral procession.


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