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Man stabs kebab shop worker over bad döner

Hamburg police have released surveillance footage of a stabbing at a döner kebab shop in hope of finding the attacker. The man nearly killed the snack shop worker because he was apparently unhappy with the quality of the meat he was served.

Man stabs kebab shop worker over bad döner
photo: DPA

The surveillance video shows a young man attacking the 48-year-old worker in Hamburg’s Eimsbüttel neighbourhood by approaching him from behind and stabbing him multiple times, causing nearly fatal wounds.

The suspect then fled along Schwenkestraße, a nearby side street, while the worker was brought to the hospital in critical condition, according to the police report.

The February 13 attack was likely linked to an incident the night before when two young men, accompanied by two young women, argued with the shopkeeper over the quality of their döner meat.

Police suspect that one of the two men returned the next day to commit the assault.

The suspect is believed to be 20- to 25-years-old, between 175 and 180 centimetres tall, and was wearing jeans and a dark hooded jacket at the scene of the crime.

The homicide division of Hamburg’s state police has taken over the investigation.

Witnesses with further information have been asked to call the bureau at 040/4286-56789.

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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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