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Pensioner fined for tear gas assault over dog poo

A 69-year-old Düsseldorf man was fined €1,500 for attacking a neighbour with tear gas after a dispute over dog poop escalated, a court ruled on Wednesday.

Pensioner fined for tear gas assault over dog poo
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The victim of the August 2007 assault, a 69-year-old neighbour, died shortly afterward from a ruptured abdominal artery. However, it could not be determined during the trial whether the man’s injuries were the result of the tear gas attack or other existing illnesses he suffered. As a result, the defendant was tried on the lesser charge of assault.

The defendent was apparently upset at how his neighbour removed dog droppings from the entrace of their apartment building. The two men argued over the poop, which lead to a violent scuffle including metal rake. Finally, the defendant pulled out the tear gas and sprayed the victim.

Half of the €1,500 fine will be paid to the victim’s survivors and the other half will go to the state.

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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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