Search party finds girl’s corpse near lake

German police have discovered a girl’s corpse that could be the body of a girl reported missing in the city of Paderborn since Monday.

Search party finds girl's corpse near lake
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The body was found on Thursday at the Möhnesee lake some 60 kilometres from Paderborn. Bits of her clothing had been found in the area on Wednesday.

Police await autopsy results and have not identified the victim, but they fear it could be the body of 8-year-old Kardelen, whom they have been looking for since Monday.

Some 100 officers and several search dogs had been combing the area for clues since early morning and the body was found near a dam wall.

The 30-man special task force investigating the case plans to post signs on roads between Sauerland and Paderborn asking commuters who may have witnessed suspicious activity to contact them.


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.

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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.