An Afghan asylum seeker went on trial in Germany Tuesday accused of stabbing to death a compatriot mother-of-four because he was furious she had converted to Christianity.

Prosecutors charge that the 30-year-old, who was not named by authorities, murdered the woman in front of two of her children because she had turned her back on the Islamic faith.

The Muslim man allegedly used a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) bladed knife to slash and stab the Afghan woman 16 times outside a supermarket in the southern city of Prien on Chiemsee lake on April 29 last year.

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