A THUG who fatally assaulted a brave student who tried to stop him and his friends sexually harassing two teenage girls in Germany is fighting an ongoing deportation order to Serbia.
The man, only known as Sanel M, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2015 for gross bodily harm with fatal consequences after he hit Tugce Albayrak in the head – which led to her tragic death.
A court ruled earlier this month that the man should be deported, in agreement with immigration officials, but now the man is challenging that ruling, a court spokeswoman said.
A vigil was held for Tugce Albayrak
The deportation ruling was based on the court ruling and a psychological assessment which had been conducted in prison.
Not only had Sanel M violated prison rules multiple times, but his actions there had also prompted disciplinary and criminal procedures.
Though he had shown more positive change over time, the court ruled that he was still considered to be a long-term risk.
Sanel M (left) was found guilty of gross bodily harm with fatal consequences
A vigil was held for Tugce Albayrak in Germany
In November 2014, Ms Albayrak had confronted Sanel M in a car park in Offenbach for harassing two young girls inside a McDonald's.
Sanel M struck her across the head, causing her to hit the ground and fall into a coma.
The scene was captured on surveillance video and broadcast on national media, bringing greater attention to the attack.
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Mourners gathered to pay tribute to Tugce Albayrak
He family switched off her life-support system days later on her 23rd birthday, which sparked outrage across the country.
About 1,000 mourners attended Ms Albayrak's funeral and a mass online petition called for her to be posthumously awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Order of Merit) for her bravery.
Chancellor Angela Merkel called Ms Albayrak a “role model” and President Joachim Gauck said she showed “bravery and civil courage in an exemplary way”.