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Man drowns in storm drain trying to get lost car keys

A 22-year-old Bonn man apparently drowned in a storm drain while trying to retrieve the keys to his car, local police officials said Friday.

Man drowns in storm drain trying to get lost car keys
Photo: DPA

A father taking his child to kindergarten discovered a pair of trainers protruding from a storm drain at the side of the road and, upon inspection, discovered a body hanging upside down

The victim lost the keys to his Nissan 350Z down the drain and removed the cover in an attempt to recover them. He apparently lost his balance as he reached for the keys and became stuck in the tight drain, drowning in the rainwater at the bottom.

City officials said they found the keys when they went to recover the body and have ruled out foul play.

“In cases like this you can call us,” an unnamed city official told tabloid Express. “We’ll get the keys out.”

The paper said the victim had been drinking with a co-worker before heading home.

It’s unknown how long the body was in the drain before it was found, the police said.

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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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