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Infant’s body found in Erfurt freezer

The body of a baby boy has been found in a freezer in Erfurt. Police have arrested the mother and charged her with murder.

The infant was discovered by the woman’s ex-boyfriend on Tuesday while he was packing his things to move out of the home they shared. He claims to have known nothing about the pregnancy.

Due to the frozen condition of the body, an autopsy cannot be performed until Thursday.

A speaker for the public prosecutor’s office said the woman gave birth to the baby at home after authorities had recently discovered the 37-year-old Russian was living in Germany illegally. As a result, she didn’t seek help for the newborn.

Thüringia’s Social Minister Christine Lieberknecht called the discovery a “grizzly and terrible crime” that showed that no matter how much state help is available for a newborn babies, sometimes it’s never enough.

Two years ago, Erfurt had a similar case when a woman confessed to killing her newborn daughter in 2002 and her son two years later. That mother put both children in garbage bags and kept them in the freezer as well. She is serving a 12-year prison sentence after being convicted of double homicide.

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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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