By Gina Martinez
A Flatbush man has been convicted of the 2015 stabbing death of his girlfriend at Kissena Corridor Park, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Following a three-week trial, 28-year-old Christopher Sobers was found guilty of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
According to Brown, the “horribly mangled” body of 28-year-old Elmhurst resident Qing Qing Kiemde was found by a homeless man off a pathway in Kissena Corridor Park, near Colden Street and Laburnum Avenue on Oct. 11, 2015.
Brown said Kiemde, who worked in a Queens bakery, met Sobers in a group meeting at Elmhurst Hospital and began dating him.
According to Brown, Sobers violently stabbed Kiemde to death on Oct. 10, 2015.
Brown said when Sobers was taken in for questioning by police, he was in possession of Kiemde’s cell phone, which he had wiped clean of all all her personal information substituted his own. Kiemde was also known for owning a very distinctive handbag in which she carried all her personal belongings, Brown said.
After she disappeared, Sobers was seen carrying a bag with the exact features of Kiemde’s shoulder bag.
Brown said Kiemde’s stabbing was a brutal killing.
“The crime scene was seeped in blood and the victim’s body mutilated and disemboweled,” he said.
“After thoroughly reviewing the evidence, the jury found the defendant guilty and he now faces a very long term of incarceration – to protect others from harm and to punish him for this heinous crime.”
Queens Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens Modica set sentencing for March 14 at which time Sobers faces 25 years to life in prison.
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