A MUSLIM asylum seeker has been sentenced to life behind bars after he smashed his landlady over the head with a phone before strangling her to death with its cable.The man, identified only as Abubaker C, was convicted of murder which was described as being religiously motivated after he stated he considered her to be an “infidel”. Judges in the courthouse of Heilbronn, a city in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, found the 27-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker guilty of brutally killing his landlady, a 70-year-old woman named only as Maria M. He carried out the attack on the pensioner as she slept in a spare room, having moved out of her own bedroom because of her husband's snoring problem in the home they shared in the town of Bad Friedrichshall.Investigators were easily able to link the man to the crime after they discovered his DNA all over the murder scene, prosecutors said. After the attack, the murderer fled the scene, stealing a number of the woman’s items, including her mobile phone as well as money and jewellery. When police caught up with him, they seized his possessions including his diary, in which he had written: "It's payback time." It was also found that Abubaker C left religious slogans in Arabic and Urdu at the scene. The prosecutor said: "The accused wanted to kill a person who did not believe in his views." The killer used a marker to write his messages which included a sentence which referred to Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law, which stated: "His Excellency, Ali, was the last person to say to the people of eternity, I am God."The judge said Abubaker C wanted to create the impression that a religious Shiite had committed the murder. The judge also said that Abubaker, as a Sunni, was not devout as he did not take part in Ramadan and drank alcohol. Presiding judge Roland Kleinschroth said: "We know that you have a hatred for the Shiites." The murdered victim was a faithful Catholic.The woman’s husband Guenter M, a retired teacher, described how he had found his wife's body the morning after the murder.He told how during the day they had celebrated a granddaughter's 18th birthday and in the evening, they had watched TV together. He added: "I am happy that I had this farewell." After the verdict was given, Abubaker C asked the judge if he could have the death penalty. When Kleinschroth declined the request saying there is no such thing in Germany, Abubaker C said: "I would like to have time to cry." Judge Kleinschroth answered: "You have a lot of time now."