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German man convicted of bizarre murder in Greece

A Greek courted has sentenced a 47-year-old German man to life in prison for the murder of his wife. The man remained living in an apartment together with the corpse of his 54-year-old dead wife, which lay surrounded by flowers, dolls and stuffed animals. The man was arrested in the small northern town of Asprovalta last February and stood trial in the city of Thessaloniki.

The woman came from Düsseldorf and met her husband in 2001. The couple moved to Greece in 2006. According to the Greek to police, both became alcoholics and were often seen fighting with each other. The couple had a fight in which the woman was severely injured and left unattended for 24 hours, during which period she died.

The man’s defence said that he was psychologically unstable and therefore not in control of his actions. The judge rejected the claim.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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