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German farmer fed neighbour to pigs

German prosecutors called for life imprisonment on Wednesday for a farmer accused of murdering his parents and feeding his dead neighbour to his pigs.

German farmer fed neighbour to pigs
Is piggy hungry? Photo: DPA

Prosecutors in Kassel accuse the 32-year-old of creeping up behind his father in the cowshed and beating him to death before strangling his mother in her sleep four years later.

The defendant claims he is innocent and that his father was killed after being kicked by a cow. He is accused of killing his parents to get his hands on the family farm.

He has however admitted sawing up the body of his 73-year-old neighbour, who died on his farm in February 2005, freezing the pieces and feeding some of them to his pigs. He said he wanted to continue collecting his neighbour’s pension.

Prosecutors said the accused needed the money to pay off some of the farm’s €300,000 ($480,000) in debt.

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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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