A Thomas Cook flight attendant who landed a dream job with Austrian Airlines after the British company went bust has been murdered allegedly by a stalker who broke into her flat in Hanover.
The young woman, identified only by her first name Sophie, had everything to live for after qualifying as a flight attendant and beginning a job with Thomas Cook before then landing a dream job with Austria’s flagship carrier Austrian Airlines.
She was planning to move to Vienna after signing the contract, but it never happened after the stalker, alleged to be 34-year-old former colleague Patrick S, broke into her home on Meterstrasse in Hanover and stabbed her repeatedly in the neck.
She had met him while working at a fashion house while training to be a flight attendant. He is believed to have developed a crush on her but the feeling was not reciprocated.
There followed a stalking hell for the young woman, including fake Internet profiles being set up in her name, she was registered for services and goods she had never ordered, and her details were even published on a pornographic site, according to local media.
Her parents had supported her dream because she had always wanted to travel to as many countries as possible, and instead of celebrating her first day at work her family and friends were at the cemetery.
The man accused of murdering her in the stabbing earlier this month is currently in custody, having handed himself in two days after the killing and he has reportedly said nothing so far about what happened.
Police believe that the alleged killer may have planned the murder down to the last detail.
He had equipment in his car that seemed to indicate he planned the killing, and afterwards he allegedly told his father: “I’ve done something really stupid. I killed a woman.” He then packed toothpaste and a toothbrush into a bag, and turned himself into police.
The investigation is ongoing.
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