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Chief inspector found stabbed to death in garage

A chief police inspector has been found dead from stab wounds in southern Brandenburg, the state's Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Chief inspector found stabbed to death in garage
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The 46-year-old’s wife discovered him dead in his garage unit at the storage complex “Friedenseck” in Lauchhammer near Cottbus on Monday evening at 8:45 pm.

“The deceased exhibited stab wounds and evidence at the scene indicates that there was a fierce battle before his death,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The officer was not on duty nor was he wearing a uniform at the time of his death.

Motives for the murder remain unclear and police have launched a manhunt in a search for the perpetrator, ministry spokesperson Peter Salendar told The Local.

“More than 50 officers are working on the case,” he said. “No witnesses have contacted police, therefore we have released a call for them to come forward.”

On Tuesday afternoon, investigators located the officer’s silver Opel Vectra car some 20 kilometres from the crime scene. They believe it was abandoned after being used as a getaway vehicle.

Anyone who saw such a car bearing the license plate OSL-B 154 near Lauchhammer on Monday evening is requested to contact police at any precinct.

Meanwhile the German government on Tuesday coincidentally called for harsher punishment for those who attack police officers, who are supposedly increasingly becoming the target of brutally violence.

Current laws are “no longer suitable,” Wolfgang Bosbach, a conservative Christian Democrat heading the parliamentary committee on interior policy, told daily Saarbrücker Zeitung. He urged increasing sentences for offenders: “Violence on duty has become the greatest problem for police.”

Jörg van Essen, legal expert for the junior partner in Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), told the paper that officers have become “fair game.”

According to the paper there were some 28,000 cases of violence against public officials – an increase of 5,000 from six years earlier in 2002.

While there is no minimum sentence for violence against officers, the maximum sentence is two years, Bosbach told broadcast N-TV, calling this a “political paradox.”

“If I destroy a police cruiser then I’m threatened with up to five years,” he explained. “We are dealing with disappearance of inhibitions that we’ve never had in the past.”

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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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