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Germany to hand over child murder suspect to Sweden

A German woman suspected of killing two young children in Arboga in central Sweden is to be surrendered to Swedish authorities, prosecutors in Germany told news agency TT.

Germany to hand over child murder suspect to Sweden
The crime scene in Sweden. Photo: DPA

The 31-year-old woman is suspected by police in Sweden of the murder on March 17 of two children, 1 and 3, and the attempted murder of their 23-year-old mother.

German authorities are planning to send the suspect to Sweden next week.

“But for security reasons we do not want to say what day or reveal any other details about the surrender,” said Jörg Fröhlich from the prosecutor’s office in Celle in northern Germany.

The suspect can choose to appeal the decision all the way to Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

“It is her last chance to appeal the surrender. The Constitutional Court will make a quick decision. It will probably only take a few days,” said Fröhlich.

The murdered children’s 23-year-old mother was seriously injured in the attack and is still receiving hospital treatment. The children’s father was arrested shortly after the incident but was quickly cleared of any involvement.

The 31-year-old suspect was previously romantically involved with the 23-year-old’s current boyfriend.

TT/The Local

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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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