Eritrean man who murdered ex-girlfriend by pushing her off a bridge jailed for life
Illegal immigrant who murdered ex-girlfriend by pushing her off a bridge had been deported from Britain THREE TIMES • Killer Yonas Beraki, 33, chilling told his victim Genet Kidane, 41 where and how he planned to
Illegal immigrant who murdered ex-girlfriend by pushing her off a bridge had been deported from Britain THREE TIMES
• Killer Yonas Beraki, 33, chilling told his victim Genet Kidane, 41 where and how he planned to kill her
By Daily Mail Reporter
An illegal immigrant who killed his ex-girlfriend when he shoved her off a footbridge into a busy road had already been deported from the UK three times, a court was told.
The court heard that Killer Yonas Beraki, 33, had been sent back to his native Eritrea three times from the UK – but that he had smuggled back into the country by hiding in a lorry.
He was on Wednesday after he hurled Genet Kidane, 41, to her death when she ended their relationship in January..
Chillingly, he even told his ex where and how he planned to kill her – but despite her begging police for help, he was able to push her off the 25ft bridge as she walked to work.
She was discovered lying in the road by her horrified daughter, 22.
Coventry Crown Court heard that Genet, also an Eritrean – in north-east Africa – national, had been living in the UK legally since 2005.
She had complained to police shortly before her death about Beraki harassing her.
Beraki was jailed for life after he pleaded guilty to murder, he was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.
Detective Sergeant Harry May, of West Midlands Police, said after the case: ‘Genet and Beraki were known to each other.
‘It was known that Beraki had previously harassed Genet, which had been reported to the police.
‘On the morning in question Beraki sought out his victim Genet and unmercifully pushed her off the bridge to her death.
‘This was a very sad and tragic case which led to the death of a young woman. Our thoughts go out to Genet’s daughter and her family.’
Mother-of-one Genet was walking to work in Coventry at around 6am on the morning of January 12 when she was confronted by Beraki, who was living in a nearby hostel.
Genet fell 30ft off the bridge above the ring road after a brief struggle with Beraki, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friends of Genet’s said she had a brief relationship with Beraki but had dumped him because he was ‘too controlling’.
One friend said: ‘He was obsessed with her but she wanted nothing to do with him.’