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Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver

Saxony-Anhalt police investigating a deadly head-on car crash have discovered that the additional dead body of a woman found in the boot of one car was likely the wife of its deceased driver, who was a policeman, they said on Monday.

Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver
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The 59-year-old collided with another car driven by a 27-year-old woman on a straight road near Dolle on Sunday morning. Both drivers were killed, but as police investigated the accident they also discovered the naked body of a woman in the boot of the man’s Mazda.

Saxony-Anhalt police spokesman Thomas Kriebitzsch confirmed Monday that the man was a police officer in the Magdeburg area and said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how and when the woman died, and whether she was indeed the officer’s wife.

Both police and the public prosecutor’s office agree that the woman found in the boot did not die at the accident scene. Her body was found unclothed and there were noticeable injuries to the body.

Kriebitzsch would not say whether a search of the married couple’s home in a small village in Stendal county revealed any criminal evidence.

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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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