Brutal child rapist surrenders to police

A German man suspected of brutally raping children has surrendered to police after they went public with their search.

Brutal child rapist surrenders to police
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Germany’s federal police (BKA) took the unusual step of enlisting the public’s help amid fears the man was still abusing young boys. Previous efforts to find the man, who filmed his deeds and posted them on the internet, failed.

Identified only as Christoph, the man turned himself into police at an undisclosed location only hours after news began circulating about him. He will stand before a judge on Friday.

“The investigation into the case continues so at the moment there will be no further information released,” the BKA said in a statement.

The BKA has 42 videos that show the man sexually and physically abusing up to nine young boys in different rooms, they said from their headquarters in Wiesbaden. Investigators believe the videos were recorded in 2006 when the boys were between five and seven-years-old.

Police estimated that the man’s young victims are currently between eight and 10-years-old, and two were called Marcel and Pascal. Some of the victims may also have been brothers, they said.

Information on the case was presented on Wednesday evening on broadcaster ZDF’s unsolved crime show Aktenzeichen xy…ungelöst.

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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.

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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.