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Suspect questioned in campsite double murder

Police are questioning a 30-year-old man in Cuxhaven after two women were found murdered at a camping ground in the picturesque coastal town early on Wednesday morning.

Suspect questioned in campsite double murder
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The two 27-year-old women from Peine and Winsen in the state of Lower Saxony likely died from multiple stab wounds, police said. Details of the murders remain unclear, but police believe the women had some kind of relationship to the man they have arrested.

Witnesses saw the man at the “Machulez” camping area and then later found the two women dead.

More than 100 officers searched for the suspect and arrested him in Peine.

Both women are believed to have visited the camping ground often to overnight in a the caravan of a relative.

Many people gathered outside the campground fence by Wednesday afternoon to watch the police investigation.

“It’s terrible,” one camper said. “My wife heard screams and then it was quiet.”

The incident is the second violent crime at a German campsite this week.

On Monday, police charged a 33-year-old man for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her parents with a samurai sword at a Coesfeld camping grounds near the Dutch border.

The man’s 10-month-old baby girl was the only survivor of a bloodbath sparked by dispute about paternity and alimony payments that left his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend and her parents dead.

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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.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

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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