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Police offer €15,000 for deadly attack tips
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Police offer €15,000 for deadly attack tips

Published: 17 Oct 2012 09:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Oct 2012 09:10 GMT+02:00

Police hunting the gang who beat a young man to death in Berlin at the weekend are offering a reward of €15,000 for information leading to arrests. Details also emerged suggesting he was killed while trying to help a friend under attack.

“They stamped out the life of my son like a discarded cigarette,” said Lothar-Günther K., the father of 20-year-old Jonny, who was killed in the early hours of Sunday by a gang who kicked and beat him so badly he died soon afterwards.

“He was a good boy. I cannot understand why this was done to him,” the father told the BZ newspaper.

Jutta Porzucek, head of the Berlin murder squad investigating the case, said Jonny had been with three friends on the night in question, drinking in several bars in the Alexanderplatz area of the city.

“One had been carrying the drunken friend piggy back until he was too heavy,” said Porzucek. Then, as another went to try to find a taxi, he put the drunken companion on a chair.

But one of the attackers kicked the chair away, leaving the piggy-back pair to fall to the ground and prompting Jonny to complain, asking “What are you doing – can’t you see he’s not doing so well?” the BZ reported on Wednesday.

This seemingly sparked the deadly attack, with Jonny punched to the floor and then repeatedly kicked. He suffered such severe brain injuries that he died in hospital on Monday. His friend who had been carrying the third young man was attacked when he tried to intervene, and suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Now detectives are hoping that guests at a party being held by a Turkish artist in the nearby bar Cancun, could offer help in identifying the up to seven young men who attacked Jonny.

“Some of the 500 to 700 participants could have seen something as they were outside smoking,” said Porzucek.

Her team is currently examining footage from security cameras in the area for any sign of the attackers.

The police said Jonny’s friends had described the group as possibly of Arabic origin – but that their descriptions were somewhat hazy, and other witnesses were desperately needed.

In order to aid anyone who may have witnessed the attack, the police described Jonny’s group as two Asians and one black man, Die Welt newspaper reported. The paper said there was no suggestion that the attackers had been at the Cancun bar.

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15:13 October 17, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
If I had information I would give it for free. I hope they get caught soon.
17:58 October 17, 2012 by StoutViking
Apart from the appaling barbarism in this case, I am utterly disgusted with the onlookers. This wasn't a dark alley, there must have been sufficiently enough people to intervene.

"Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By the Blood of Thy Neighbor" has any meaning to anyone these days?
19:38 October 17, 2012 by The-ex-pat
@ StoutViking "Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By the Blood of Thy Neighbor" has any meaning to anyone these days?

In a word, no as I do not have any great desire to get a knife between my ribs or spend the rest of my life in a wheel chair or eating through a straw. It is not the bystanders that you should be blaming, but the pathetically weak justice system of this country. If and when these people are caught they will get at the most a couple of years but most likely a fine as some lawyer will plead it down, and after all, they had been drinking so it's the free for all mitigating factor......................
20:21 October 17, 2012 by StoutViking
@ The-ex-pat

I do not blame the bystanders in the attack - they had not innitiated it. I blame the bystanders in... Simply standing by.

This is exactly what I mean. A social study had shown, that the more crowded the place, the least it is likely that someone will interfer to help (it doesn't have to be a brawl, just a small child alone and appearing to be lost), because everyone tells themselves "it's none of my business, there are plenty of people here, they'll call the authorities".

No one wants a knife between their ribs, for sure, but if a dozen strong men from the street would approach to break it up, I'm certain the assaulants would cease fighting and flee - for we all know these types only fight when they outnumber their victims.

The juridictional system maybe toothless and impotent, which only encourages antisocial behavior and repeated offending, but caught and triald or not - you cannot bring back the dead. If bystanders would gather round and interfer, the poor chap might still be with us.
21:06 October 17, 2012 by raandy
StoutViking, a while back here in Berlin, in the underground there was a similar attack and the police mentioned that the bystanders just stood around basically calling them cowards.

One can only speak for themselves, but I just could't stand by while they were jumping all over his head.

It would not have taken a dozen men, two or three at the most. these type of thugs usually pick on an easy target, as in this case.

Use your handy take a picture if your afraid of getting to close.
22:08 October 17, 2012 by wethepeople2012
There was an experiment conducted on a major intersection in Koln-a man played dead for almost the entire day while hundreds of cars just kept driving by.

As an ex soldier, maybe i'll conduct my own experiment. My plan is to act drunk in a major European train station, at a time when most of the drunks leave the bars and discos, and bait the punks then send them all to the hospital-that's justice and much better than spending a couple years in prison living and eating on my taxes. But I'll make sure I bait them out of view of any cameras. Tell your kids if they go out, they better not bother anyone-especially at the Bahnhof!
05:59 October 20, 2012 by Ich
I loved Germany when I was there, back in the late 1990s.

Now, I'll stay in America, with my Concealed Handgun License, and wait for the crap to cross the Atlantic.

Thanks, to the European Union.
12:05 October 23, 2012 by LecteurX
What a tragedy. I hope these criminal thugs get caught and are made to pay for this inhuman act.
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