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Man charged with camping site bloodbath

Prosecutors charged a 33-year-old man from Cologne with murder on Monday, one day after he allegedly used a samurai sword to slay three people at a Coesfeld camping ground.

Man charged with camping site bloodbath
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The man’s 10-month-old baby girl was the only survivor of the brutal bloodbath that left his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend and her parents dead.

Apparently the man became enraged following a dispute about paternity and alimony payments, leading to violence around 3:00 am on Sunday morning at the camping site near the German-Dutch border.

Police said he had denied the killings, but they found an arsenal of weapons in his car, including a samurai sword, a strangulation wire and several other knives. The man also had light injuries to the face and there were blood stains on the sword and his clothing.

Witnesses have compared the crime scene to a horror film and a man at the camping site said he found a woman screaming: “We’ve all been stabbed. He’s still here.”

The man cautiously opened the door to the cabin whereupon “it was wrenched violently open and a masked man stood silently in front of the door,” according to the police statement. The killer was chased away with a stick but by the time doctors arrived at the scene, the 53-year-old woman, her 55-year-old husband and their daughter were all dead.

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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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